ELY, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters are working to control a wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness east of Ely.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the Pagami Creek fire grew to 720 acres as crews intentionally burned land between the blaze and the popular Lakes 1 and 2 over the Labor Day weekend.

Firefighters plan to burn another 1,200 acres Tuesday to keep the fire from spreading outside the wilderness area.

MPR reports more than 1,000 firefighters are working to control the blaze.

Lisa Radosevich-Craig, fire information officer for the Superior National Forest, says the part of the forest where the fire is burning is parched.

She says three other much smaller fires ignited in the same area over the past few days, but those were all quickly controlled.

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Comments (5)
  1. Murph says:

    Hmmm,the GOp ,especially in Texas thought it was agreat idea to lay off firefighters to give to the rich! Texas at the top of the list .And now..1/3 of Texas is in ashes! But the GOP’ers want Perry as president? I think even Bachmann might be??? brighter than that dim bulb! Just ignore the Charlie Mason eyes and Marcus Rediculous husband and… ok! Well,hey if not for the party of no congress many of youse would be working instead of reading!

    1. Chris says:

      Give it a rest already…

      what a lame stretch to link that to politics!

      … BTW, get a life.

  2. Jake says:

    Let the BWCA burn, get rid of all that dead wood from the big blow-down from several years ago. Just call it “nature’s will”.

  3. Pete says:

    Need more help? Get the Environmental Organizations to fight the fire. I’m sure that they would be willing to help!!!

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