WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-white01, ww color white

Latest News

Cost Of Battling Wildfire Tops $12 Million

View Comments
(credit: Pagami Creek Fire)

(credit: Pagami Creek Fire)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Finding Minnesota: Biking The Dickie Scramble
  2. Earth Week: Keeping The Mississippi River Clean
  3. 1 Year From Bombings, Annandale Woman Heading To Boston To Finish Marathon
  4. Morning Headlines From 04/21
  5. Talking Points: General Mills Reverses Lawsuit Change

ELY, Minn. (AP) — Officials tallying the cost of fighting the widespread wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota say expenses have topped $12 million.

Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says funding for personnel, supplies, lodging, fuel and heavy equipment comes from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior.

The size of the fire is down slightly — to nearly 145 square miles — after remaining relatively the same size for more than a week. Helmerick says the blaze is 67 percent contained.

Despite windy weather Thursday, Helmerick says no firefighter accidents or injuries were reported. He says one-quarter to one-third of an inch of rain fell over the fire.

Firefighters laid a half mile of explosives Wednesday to create a fire line in rough and rugged terrain.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus