Crews in northeast Minnesota’s Lake County are hoping the forecast of some rain today and more over the weekend holds true and gives them more traction against a massive wildfire now estimated at nearly 22-thousand acres — well over 30 square miles.   Information Officer Larry Bickel:

“We gotta get aggressive here  — but safely — so we can get a line around this fire.  That’s our goal.”

With moderate temperatures and winds from the north on Wednesday, crews concentrated on setting defense-lines on the fire’s north and west edges.

Bickel says they’re also laying plans for the south side of the fire:

“We’re comin’ off of County Road 2 on a high-and-dry terrain south of the fire, and we found a pretty good location where we can start putting line in and maybe some ‘dozer in, since it’s high-and-dry, and work our way around again.”

Hundreds are evacuated, and videos around the north and middle lakes in the fire zone show some properties with only foundations remaining.  One man whose cabin was spared told the Star Tribune, “It’s heartbreaking.  I can’t imagine having a cabin for generations then having it just vanish.”