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Published October 03, 2012, 12:48 PM

Eleven homes destroyed in northwest Minnesota wildfire

KARLSTAD, Minn. (AP) — Officials have updated their damage figures from the wildfire that surrounded the northwestern Minnesota city town of Karlstad on three sides.

KARLSTAD, Minn. (AP) — Officials have updated their damage figures from the wildfire that surrounded the northwestern Minnesota city town of Karlstad on three sides.

Jean Goad, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, says the fire destroyed seven mobile homes, four regular homes, two garages and 22 other structures in the Karlstad area Tuesday.

There were no injuries.

The weather has turned considerably colder. The local forecast calls for rain Wednesday afternoon, changing over to snow early Thursday with accumulations of up to 7 inches.

Goad says that will give firefighters a reprieve, but it won't add up to much moisture to recharge the soils in northwestern Minnesota, which she says is 12 to 15 inches behind on precipitation.

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