Firefighters in the Blue and Brown Fires on the Big Pine Mountain National Forest in southeastern Minnesota have been battling a brush fire that has destroyed more than 60 homes and threatened thousands more.
A firefighting team on Tuesday reported the first confirmed deaths in the blaze.
The Blue Fire is believed to be at a rate of more than 30 percent containment.
In a statement, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the fire is believed in some form or another to be a brush or grass fire and that it is not currently under containment.
It added that it’s possible that the blaze will expand as a result of the smoke clearing efforts.
DNR officials are currently assessing the fire’s condition, which includes an assessment of its location and potential damage to properties.
At the end of the day, the DNR said, the Bluefire is an extreme weather event and that the fire has to be contained.