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The Rock Lake cabin of Matt and Anna Preiner of St. Paul is seen in flames the evening of May 14, 2013, in the Germann Road fire in Douglas County. The area once was heavily treed but is now logged-off. (File / News Tribune)

Germann Road fire, one year later: Why some buildings burned, and some survived

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By John Myers

Duluth News Tribune


An analysis of homes, cabins and out buildings destroyed one year ago in the Germann Road wildfire in Douglas County shows two factors critical to determining which homes survived and which burned.

How far were they from the forest? And how wide was the driveway?

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