Wis. wildfire nearly contained after burning 9K acres

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(CNN) — One of the largest wildfires to hit northern Wisconsin is 95 percent contained, fire officials said Wednesday.

The 9,000-acre blaze scorched forest land and destroyed 47 buildings, 17 of those homes.

Bill Cosh with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said the fire was 95% contained as of Wednesday night.

No one has been reported injured in the fire, which began Tuesday in an area where loggers were working, CNN affliliate KQDS reported.

On its website, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said it was the largest fire in that part of the state in the past 33 years.

Drivers in the area were urged to drive with caution Wednesday night because firefighters were scheduled to continue their efforts through the overnight hours.



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