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Wildfires force mandatory evacuation of south side of Karlstad, Minn.

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KARLSTAD - Wildfires have forced the mandatory evacuation of the south side of Karlstad, Minn., this afternoon.

Some buildings, which were believed to be unoccupied, were on fire at about 3:30 p.m., according to the Kittson County Sheriff’s Department.

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The wildfires in the region have been fueled by strong southerly winds that have topped 40 mph this afternoon.

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