Boundary Waters Fire Update

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 6:23 am

The fire that started near Ely on August 18 is now 71 percent contained as of Sunday evening.

A new command team will take over the fire fight today. Spokesman Larry Helmerick told the AP that his Colorado-based team will turn over the job at 6am on Monday to a Minnesota team that has had experience on this fire.

Helmerick also said the cost of fighting this fire has reached $14.2 million.

The fire that started from a bolt of lightning has burned about 145 square miles around the Boundary Waters.

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