Forest Fire

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Northern MN State Forest Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

Fire crews have the upper hand on a fire that has burned thousands of acres in a northern Minnesota state forest. The wildfire in Beltrami Island State Forest, just south of Warroad, broke out on Wednesday. Since then, nearly 5,000 acres have been burned.


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Teen Allegedly Starts Forest Fire Because Mosquitoes Were Bugging Him

A Cass County teen has been charged with felony wildlife arson after intentionally setting a blaze Wednesday that damaged over 70 acres and endangered several homes. Anthony James Wittner, 17, told investigators he started a forest fire because mosquitoes were bothering him, according to the Cass County Attorney’s Office.


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DNR: Karlstad Fire Was Arson, Reward Offered

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the wildfires that caused plenty of damage in the Karlstad area appear to have been intentionally set.


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Forest Service Backs Managers Of Minn. Wildfire

The National Forest Service says managers made all the right decisions as they battled a forest fire that blackened 145 square miles of northeastern Minnesota last year.


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Highway 1 Open Near Ely; Fire 90 Percent Contained

Highway 1 near Ely is reopened, as officials continue to mop up hot spots around a forest fire.


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Forest Fire In NE Minnesota 60 Percent Contained

Crews now have the wildfire that threatened the popular northeastern Minnesota resort town of Ely (EE’-lee) 60 percent contained.


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Firefighters Douse Hot Spots From Forest Fire

Firefighters worked Friday to douse the hot spots left from a forest fire that came dangerously close to the popular tourist town of Ely in northeastern Minnesota.


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Crews Mopping Up Ely Forest Fire

A forest fire advanced within a few hundred yards of the popular tourist town of Ely on Thursday, prompting officials to evacuate a corner of the northeastern Minnesota community before firefighters stopped its advance.


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DNR: Wildfire Burns 1,400 Acres In Northern Minn.

Approximately 1,400 acres have been burned and two structures charred in a wildfire that started in northern Minnesota Sunday, authorities said.


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SD Forest Fire Contained; Burns 546 Acres

Officials say the Black Hills National Forest fire in southwest South Dakota has been contained.


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Costs Of Fighting BWCAW Fire Reach $21M

Officials say the costs of fighting a huge forest fire in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area have reached $21 million.


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Cost Of Fighting NE Minn. Forest Fire Reaches $14M

Spokesman Larry Helmerick says the Pagami Creek fire was 71 percent contained as of Sunday evening. He says the costs of fighting it have reached $14.2 million.


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Boundary Waters Fire Now 67 Percent Contained

A forest fire in northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area is two-thirds contained, although state officials warn that weather might not cooperate with ongoing firefighting efforts.


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Cost Of Battling Wildfire Tops $12 Million

Officials tallying the cost of fighting the widespread wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota say expenses have topped $12 million.


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Firefighters Prepare For Gusty Day At BWCA Blaze

Firefighters are bracing for a gusty day Thursday as they battle a wildfire in the Boundary Waters of northeastern Minnesota.


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Some Roads Reopened In Fire Area Of NE Minn.

Some roads have reopened and camping restrictions have been eased as firefighters make progress in battling the Boundary Waters wildfire in northeastern Minnesota.


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Rain Expected To Prevent Forest Fire From Growing

A half-inch of rain over the next couple days is expected to keep a large forest fire from spreading in northeastern Minnesota.


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Minnesota Forest Fire Now 11 Percent Contained

The weather is expected to clear and the winds pick up on Monday over the huge wildfire burning in northeastern Minnesota after a day of heavier-than-expected rain.


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Firefighters Moving Against Minn. Forest Fire

Crews attempting to contain a wildfire in a northern Minnesota wilderness area are working to continue their progress in the northwest corner of the fire as well as on the southern front.


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Firefighters Make Progress With Minn. Forest Fire

Fire crews are reporting their first real progress in containing a forest fire roaring across a northern Minnesota wilderness area.


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Official: BWCAW Fire Could ‘Wake Up’ Today

Crews battling a wildfire in a northern Minnesota wilderness area said several days of favorable weather have helped them get it under control, although slightly warmer temperatures, dry air and wind renewed concern Friday.


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BWCA Fire Hits 100,000 Acres; Strong Winds Continue

A fire that started from a lightning strike in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is now burning more than 60,000 acres in northeastern Minnesota, tripling in size since it started.


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Boundary Waters Fire Triples In Size

A forest fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely has more than doubled in size since Sunday.


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Closures Ordered As BWCA Forest Fire Grows

A forest fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely has grown to about 4,500 acres.