Costs Of Fighting BWCAW Fire Reach $21M

ELY, Minn. (AP) — Officials say the costs of fighting a huge forest fire in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area have reached $21 million.

Firefighting officials said in an update Monday that the Pagami Creek fire is now 91 percent contained, but strong winds in recent days have made it hard to pull crews and equipment back from the fire lines. Managers continue to release crews and equipment as containment increases. As of Monday there were 291 people assigned to the firefighting effort.

The fire was detected Aug. 18 and was caused by lightning. It has burned nearly 145 square miles but hasn’t grown much in the past month.

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  • Cassandra Mcloud

    Wow! That’s a lot of cash! Who’s footing the bill for that one?

  • Jake

    Why no photos?? No smoke?? Sounds like someone is milking this incident for all that it is worth. Sure, the terrain can be rough up there, but let’s see some EVIDENCE.

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