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Gov. Dayton sends National Guard to fight northwestern Minnesota wildfires

Two Blackhawk helicopters are on the way to help in the firefighting effort.

Gov. Mark Dayton has authorized the Minnesota National Guard to help suppress wildfires burning in in northwestern part of the state, some along the Canadian border.

The governor’s office said two Minnesota National Guard UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopters with aircrew, maintenance and fuel support teams have now been sent to the area to help.

At least seven fires are burning out of control in that area, and 150 firefighters worked Sunday and Monday on the effort, and at least 50 more are expected Tuesday, including some from Pennsylvania and Utah, says the Jamestown Sun.