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Rain expected to help fight BWCAW wildfire


A wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has grown by about 200 acres since Monday, but firefighters were expected to get some help from slight rainfall. The fire is burning near the end of the Gunflint Trail between Alpine and Seagull lakes. Satellite mapping set the burned area at 485 acres early Monday.

By Tuesday morning, the fire had grown to about 690 acres, said Patti Hines, a fire information officer with the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids.

About a tenth of an inch of rain fell overnight, which will help firefighters Tuesday, but not much rain is forecast for the area, Hines said.

Campers should be prepared to bring in cookstoves because Superior National Forest plans to ban open burning in the 1999 blowdown area of the BWCA starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, she said.

On Monday night, the fire grew by at least 100 acres, said Gil Knight, an information officer on the Gunflint Trail.

“We had winds coming from just about every direction today, and there was some growth on just about every quadrant,” Knight said. He added the fire was still within acceptable limits, and officials did not believe any campers were in immediate danger.

There were no evacuations.

In 1999, strong winds blew down millions of trees in the BWCA, leaving it more exposed to fires.

This fire was two to three miles from the nearest structures, including cabins, homes, resorts outfitters and campgrounds.

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