Boundary Waters fire triples in size | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

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This photo provided by Visit Duluth Public Relations, smoke fills the sky from a fire outside the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, Min. on Sept. 11, 2011. The Pagami Creek forest fire has more than tripled in size since Sunday and has grown to cover more than 16,000 acres. The blaze has forced Lake County and Superior National Forest officials to close several county and Forest Service roads north of Minnesota Highway 1 between Ely and Isabella. Some residents and campers are being asked to evacuate the area.

Boundary Waters fire triples in size

Posted: September 13, 2011 - 8:18am
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Pagami Creek Fire Perimeter 9-12-11.  Superior National Forest
Superior National Forest
Pagami Creek Fire Perimeter 9-12-11.

 

ELY, Minn. (AP) — A forest fire is now spreading outside the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely and getting closer to homes and cabins.

The Pagami Creek forest fire has more than tripled in size since Sunday and has grown to cover more than 16,000 acres.

The blaze has forced Lake County and Superior National Forest officials to close several county and Forest Service roads north of Minnesota Highway 1 between Ely and Isabella. Some residents and campers are being asked to evacuate the area.

Becca Manlove, spokeswoman for the interagency team battling the fire, tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/nDw1IQ ) it's "a precautionary move."

Smoke is obscuring so much of the ground that pilots are unable to give an accurate description of how much land has been burned.

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Online:

www.inciweb.org/incident/2534

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

 

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