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Strong Wind Gusts Down Power Lines, Spark Small Fires

Updated: 06/30/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 06/30/2014 10:48 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

Gusts of wind nearing 50 miles-per-hour knocked trees into power lines, cutting electricity to about 1,000 people and causing small fires. 

According to Minnesota Power Spokesperson Amy Rutledge, they saw a spike in service calls around 2 p.m. The majority of outages occurred in rural Duluth and south of Wrenshall. Power was restored for the roughly 500 customers in Carlton County before 6 p.m., and in St. Louis County not long after.

The Duluth Fire Department estimates they responded to 20 live downed lines, and put out several sparking and smoking trees. 

They said that all of the fires were extinguished quickly, and none of the small fires caused any major damage.

Wind gusts died down by Monday evening. 

Rutledge warns not to approach downed power lines and to call either Minnesota Power or the fire department immediately. 

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