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Crews battle forest fire just outside Ely

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ELY, Minn. (AP) — A forest fire that broke out Thursday afternoon threatened the northeastern Minnesota town of Ely, and officials ordered the evacuation of the southeast corner of the community.

The blaze apparently started when a vehicle drove over a downed power line, the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/JW2bxp) reported. Flames could be seen from the city and smoke was enveloping the town just before 3 p.m.

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