A large wildfire about 15 miles southwest of Isabella in northeastern Minnesota forced closure of a section of State Highway 1 — and crews are also working on containing two smaller fires further west in Lake of the Woods County.  Leanne Langeberg with the Interagency Fire Center says this summer’s extreme and widespread wildfire danger is unprecedented:

“It’s been very windy, very warm and very dry — and we’re kind of in this weather pattern where that will be with us here at least for the next couple of days.”

Langeberg says it makes efforts to control wildfires more difficult — and she’s asking people to be extra careful, whether at work or on vacation.