Photos: Wildfire threatens Karlstad, Minn.

National Affairs Nathaniel Minor · ·

1 Firefighters discuss plans to combat a wildfire encroaching on Karlstad, Minn. at the Karlstad Fire Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. 
2 A firefighter extinguishes a burning garage in Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The small northwestern Minnesota city of about 700 was partially evacuated after a fire reached its edges. 
3 A firefighter extinguishes a burning garage in Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The small northwestern Minnesota city of about 700 was partially evacuated after a fire reached its edges. 
4 A wildfire burns next to U.S. Highway 59 on the south edge of Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The small northwestern Minnesota city of about 700 was partially evacuated after a fire reached its edges. 
5 A wildfire burns next to U.S. Highway 59 on the south edge of Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. 
6 Firefighter Alicia Pasquerillo ignites a "backburn" or controlled fire on the east side of Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Firefighters burned the area in a controlled manner to use up any fuel that the wildfire would have otherwise consumed. 
7 Firefighter Alicia Pasquerillo watches a controlled fire on the east side of Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The controlled burn was just a few hundred yards from a number of homes and a church. 
8 Firefighter Alicia Pasquerillo ignites a controlled fire on the east side of Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. 
9 Lisa Amb, wife of Karlstad, Minn. Mayor Nick Amb, prepares coffee for firefighters and volunteers at the Karlstad Fire Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. 
10 The homeowner of the Englund family estate on the Pembina Trail in Karlstad, Minn. surveys damage on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 after a wildfire destroyed his home, garage, and collection of classic cars. 
11 The homeowner of the Englund family estate on the Pembina Trail in Karlstad, Minn. rests on his burned 1928 Ford Model A on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 after a wildfire destroyed it. He said the car was in "perfect condition" two days prior. 
12 A wildfire destroyed the Englund family estate on the Pembina Trail in Karlstad, Minn. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The homeowner said Wednesday that it was built in 1905 and was kept in the family ever since. 
13 Jim Haire walks away from his destroyed home in Karlstad, Minn. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Haire's home, and three nearby unoccupied trailers, were consumed by a wildfire on Tuesday.