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NW Wisconsin wildfire contained

TOWN OF GORDON, Wis. (AP) - Firefighters battling a 9,000-acre in northwestern Wisconsin have contained the massive blaze.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Robert Manwell said Thursday the fire in Douglas and Bayfield counties is 100% contained. Manwell says fire crews will be handling small brush fires and reworking the lines that contain the wildfire.

Authorities opened all roads in the area overnight and some residents headed back to their homes. The fire, which began Tuesday, destroyed 17 homes and 30 other structures. The DNR says no one has been hurt in the largest forest fire to hit northern Wisconsin in 33 years.

Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in Douglas and Bayfield counties, which makes the Wisconsin National Guard available for recovery efforts. The governor plans to tour the area Thursday.

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TOWN OF GORDON, Wis. (AP) - Firefighters are working to contain a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes.

The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire in Douglas County is about 90% contained Wednesday morning, meaning firefighters have stopped most of the fire from spreading.

DNR spokesman Kevin Harter says 47 structures were lost, including 17 homes, but that firefighters were able to save 77 other buildings. He says no one was injured in the fire.

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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