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MINNESOTA WILDFIRES: Inside the damage

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Firefighters attack hotspots in the Green Valley wildfire near Menahga, Minn. Photo by Bill Keller / FOX 9 News. Firefighters attack hotspots in the Green Valley wildfire near Menahga, Minn. Photo by Bill Keller / FOX 9 News.
MENAHGA, Minn. (KMSP) -

We should get our first look Thursday at the damage caused by a 7,100-acre wildfire near Menahga in northwestern Minnesota.

The Green Valley fire started on private land during windy weather Tuesday afternoon.

GREEN VALLEY FIRE STATS

- 25 percent contained Thursday morning
- 7,100 acres consumed
- 12 homes destroyed
- 2 commercial properties destroyed
- 41 outbuildings destroyed

LIGHTER WINDS WILL HELP

Lighter winds around 5 mph are expected to help firefighters stay on top of hot spots as the "mop-up" continues. Firefighters from more than 40 departments are attacking the wildfire from the ground, while airplanes and helicopters are dropping water from above.

"It's pretty awesome to see people come out and work together," said Jean Goad, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center.

HOTSHOT CREW

The DNR said the highly-trained Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew will be on the ground Thursday.

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