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Smoke from the fire can be seen from a cemetery in Ely on Thursday, May 17, 2012. (Warren Davis / for the News Tribune)

Fire turned back just outside Ely

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Fire crews and a wind switch combined to beat back a raging forest fire this afternoon that burned to the edge of Ely.

City officials rescinded an evacuation order for the southeastern portion of the city at about 6 p.m., allowing residents to return home after a close call for the city with a population of 3,480. No injuries were reported and officials say no occupied homes were lost.

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