A forest fire that smoldered for nearly a month on the Minnesota-Canada border before exploding this week to cover nearly 160 square miles is laying bare old disagreements over the best way to manage wildfire.
Cold weather, calmer winds and a little precipitation has prevented the forest fire in northern Minnesota from spreading significantly Thursday. That’s given Gregg and Patty Scott some time to make preparations for saving a log home they built themselves four years ago in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Calmer winds, cooler temperatures and a few moments of sleet and light snow brought encouragement Wednesday as firefighters continued efforts to contain a blaze that was in a “pause mode” — days after it moved at breakneck speeds, swallowing nearly 160 square miles of forest along the Minnesota-Canada border.
It began as a tranquil trip into the boundary waters for a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot home from war. Five days paddling a canoe would be the perfect tonic of both scenery and solitude.
Searchers looking for a missing 23-year-old Wisconsin man have found an apparent body near where he was last seen in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota.