ELY, Minn. (AP) — Rain is giving firefighters a break in their battle against the Boundary Waters wilderness blaze in northeastern Minnesota.

Firefighting spokesman Doug Anderson says the soaking rain allowed for crews to be pulled off at noon Wednesday. He says the crews did not add any containment lines.

A dry and warmer weather stretch is expected through the next five days. With the forest soaked with rain, Anderson says that should allow crews to be productive.

Showers earlier this week have helped firefighters keep the large forest fire from spreading. The blaze has scorched 147 square miles.

Anderson says the total number of firefighters battling the wildfire is up to nearly 840. The blaze, ignited by lightning Aug. 18, remains 30 percent contained.

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Comments (3)
  1. LL Real says:

    And we think mother nature can be controled. I think we need to fine her for pollution and global warming. Us ants on this earth can’t even put out a fire, let alone have anything to do with global warming. Whats next? Are we going to try and keep a volcano from erupting?

  2. g tlk says:

    Well said, we better get the PCA on this. Someone needs to own up to it. I bet this act of nature has caused more environmental damage than the tristate area has in 20 years combined.

  3. yes sir says:

    If it isn’t endangering lives or property they should let mother nature do it’s work.

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