Boundary Waters Fire Slowed Thursday, Still Not Contained

Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 7:14 am

The massive Pagami Creek Forest fire continues to burn near Ely. Thursday crews tried to take advantage of the cooler temps and weaker winds in the Boundary Waters.

According to a Superior National Forest spokesperson, the fire has not grown since Tuesday. Apparently favorable weather and more crews have helped keep the fire at bay.

The fire zone is northeast of Ely in the Superior National Forest in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Around 8 p.m. Thursday the fire was affecting about 100,000 acres. Currently the national forest service has 13 crews of 20 people working to contain the blaze. A total of 436 people are fighting the fire. Thursday northwest winds had pushed the fire south near Bog Lake but crews quickly pushed backed. Another major problem Thursday were pop-up fires.

Although the fire made little ground Thursday. Rangers said the fire is far from contained; a little change in weather could put this fire out or spur it on even further. The flames are still about ten miles away from homes.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will be heading up to the fire Friday.

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