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Lightning touches off more fires in BWCA

Posted: September 5, 2012 - 3:50pm

ELY, Minn. (AP) — Lightning has touched off more wildfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota.

Superior National Forest spokeswoman Becca Manlove says a small storm rolled through Tuesday night. She says the storm didn't bring much rain but it did bring lightning.

Manlove tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/TjcBfV ) the lightning ignited five fires in the BWCA. She says those small fire are now the targets of "suppression efforts."

Meanwhile, a wildfire continues to burn northwest of Ely (EE'-lee). Authorities Tuesday estimated the blaze had covered 40 acres, but that was adjusted to 50 acres based on GPS data.

Manlove says that fire is about 40 percent contained, with 18 firefighters on the scene. The cause of that blaze isn't known.

None of the fires has threatened buildings or people.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.