Large Fire Near Ely Now 90% Contained

Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 5:53 am

Highway 1 near Ely was reopened over the weekend, as officials continue to deal with hot spots around a forest fire. Officials say the fire is now 90 percent contained.

Residents who evacuated were allowed to return to their homes Saturday, and Highway 1 was reopened on Sunday morning. Officials say the fire affected 175 acres. They suspect it started Thursday with a spark from a downed power line in a storm that dumped nearly an inch of rain.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that because the situation is improving, some fire resources are being demobilized. About 130 people were working the fire on Saturday, but that was expected to be reduced to about 50 by Monday morning.

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