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NW Wisconsin wildfire consumes 8,700 acres

MILWAUKEE — Authorities are investigating whether logging operations might have sparked a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes, state officials said Wednesday.

The wildfire has consumed about 9,000 acres in Douglas and Bayfield County but is about 90 to 95 percent contained, meaning firefighters have largely arrested the spread of the fire, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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