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Update: Boundary Waters Fire Now 23 Percent Contained

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 8:27 am

Firefighters appear to be gaining ground on a forest fire that has blackened 147 square miles of northeastern Minnesota. The weather is helping ongoing efforts of firefighters in the Boundary Waters.

Fire information officer Doug Anderson told the Associated Press Monday night that significant rain is expected over the next couple of days, possibly including a thunderstorm.

The Pagami Creek fire is now 23 percent contained. Nearly 740 firefighters are on duty. Year-round residents in the mandatory evacuation area east of Isabella are now allowed access to their property, but the zone remains closed to seasonal residents and the public.

While winds are expected to pick up, firefighters say the combination of recent rain, water drops from aircraft and cooler temperatures means it would take five or six days of drying before fire activity would increase.

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