Firefighters are working to contain a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes.
The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire in Douglas County is about 90 percent contained Wednesday morning, meaning firefighters have stopped most of the fire from spreading.
DNR spokesman Kevin Harter says 47 structures were lost, including 17 homes, but that firefighters were able to save 77 other buildings. He says no one was injured in the fire.
Harter says 22 evacuees stayed overnight at a high school in Drummond, 60 miles southeast of Duluth, Minn.
DNR officials say the wildfire was first reported Tuesday near the Town of Barnes. Conservation wardens went door-to-door to alert area homeowners of the fire danger.
Dry, warm and windy conditions are causing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to warn residents not to start fires of any kind.
The DNR says the conditions are pushing wildfire danger into the "very high'' range in most of the state.
Fire officials are currently dealing with a wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes.
The DNR said Wednesday it is suspending all burning permits statewide.
The DNR and National Weather Service also issued a Red Flag Warning for Florence and Marinette counties. The alert means that large forest fires are possible due to the predicted weather conditions. It's issued when wind, temperature and humidity produce conditions that could fuel a fire.