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Jim Carlson lost his home, which overlooked the No. 8 fairway at Blueberry Pines Golf Course near Menahga. Sarah Smith | Forum News Service

Calm winds helping fire fight; cleanup begins

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PARK RAPIDS — Calm winds were allowing 40-some fire departments to get control of a wildfire that has scorched more than 7,100 acres in three counties since Tuesday.

"We’ll make a lot of progress today," incident commander Mike Aultman said Thursday of the Green Valley fire, which has burned 12 homes and 43 other buildings between Menahga and Park Rapids.

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