Wildfire Chars 8,700 Acres

TOWN OF GORDON, Wis. (May 15, 2013)--Firefighters were working Wednesday to contain a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has spread over 8,700 acres, destroying nearly 50 structures and forcing dozens from their homes.

The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire in Douglas County was about 90 percent contained Wednesday morning.

DNR spokesman Kevin Harter says 47 structures were destroyed, including 17 homes, but said firefighters were able to save 77 other buildings.

No one was injured in the fire, he said.

Harter says 22 evacuees stayed overnight at a high school in Drummond, 60 miles southeast of Duluth, Minn.

DNR officials say the wildfire was first reported Tuesday near the Town of Barnes.

Conservation wardens went door-to-door to alert area homeowners of the fire danger.

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