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Winds worry fire crews as they battle to contain blaze near Ely

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Helicopters, airplanes, fire engines, bulldozers and nearly 100 people on the ground are battling the Highway 1 fire just outside of Ely today, trying to keep the blaze in check as strong winds develop again.

The fire had burned across 220 acres by mid-morning and still is not officially under control, although it isn't considered a danger to the city at this time, said Mark Van Every, Kawishiwi District Ranger for the Superior National Forest.

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