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Downed power line sparks fire

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A tree downed by strong winds struck a power line and started a fire Tuesday afternoon, prompting a response from at least two area departments.

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Beltrami County emergency services coordinator Beryl Wernberg said flames were “ripping through” a ditch near the intersection of County Highway 71 and Artesian Springs Road, about 9 miles north of Kelliher.

The Kelliher and Blackduck fire departments responded to the blaze just before 3:30 p.m., Wernberg said, and police were helping to direct traffic on smoke-filled roadways.

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