The flames continue to rage in southern Minnesota, burning homes and causing more than $1 million in damages.
About 30,000 firefighters have been fighting the blaze for more than two weeks, but they’re struggling to contain the fire.
“There’s no question it’s going to continue to spread,” said Minnesota Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Mary Ellen Hildenbrand.
“It’s getting more aggressive and it’s getting closer to where we’ve seen the last few days.”
The blaze, dubbed the Big Horn Fire by firefighters, began Saturday afternoon on the town of St. Paul, about 15 miles east of Minneapolis.
It has charred more than 600 structures.
Hildenmark said crews were able to contain fire Sunday night with a lot of help from neighboring counties and neighboring states.
“The fire continues to grow, it continues to burn and that’s the way it’s been in the past, so it’s a really difficult situation,” she said.
Hilda, a resident of Stony Pointe, said she has been saving money to help her two sons, aged 11 and 12, buy a home in the village of Stonington.
She was there to celebrate Christmas with friends.
Hilary said she heard the news about the fire Sunday morning.
“I don’t know if it’s my fault, I guess, because I’m still feeling like I have nothing to live for,” she told CBC News.
“We’re not living a normal life anymore.”
In Stonville, about a mile and a half north of St Paul, a small town about 10 miles west of the city, Mayor Tim Biesecker said the town was shocked by the fire’s rapid spread.
“We’ve been here a little bit longer than the average community in the state, so we were just a little worried,” he said.
Bieseckers son, Matthew, was driving to work Monday morning and was in tears when he saw the news of the fire on television.
“He was just, ‘Oh my God, we’re getting burned out!'” he said of his father.
“It’s a shame, a terrible tragedy.
But there’s a lot to be thankful for.”
Stonington Mayor Tim Brieseker says he was shocked to see the flames near his town and said the community is working to keep people safe.
“If we can put up a house, we can live.
But if we can’t, we have to move,” he told reporters.
In St. Cloud, where the fire is burning in a forested area, Mayor Eric Johnson said the fire has devastated a community.
“They’ve got to keep everybody safe,” he added.
Johnson says he’s been making phone calls to residents in St. Louis County, which includes St. Anthony, to see if they need help.
The fire also has sparked a debate in the community about whether the community should allow residents to have firewood.
The town of 11,000 people is one of Minnesota’s largest, with nearly 30,500 residents.
The Twin Cities region has about 8,000 wildfires, most of which have been small, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
More than half of the country’s wildfires are located in the Northern Great Lakes region.