ELY, Minn. (AP) — Some roads have reopened and camping restrictions have been eased as firefighters make progress in battling the Boundary Waters wildfire in northeastern Minnesota.

The Pagami Creek fire is now 35 percent contained as nearly 900 firefighters work on the wildfire that was ignited last month by a lightning strike and has burned 146 square miles in the Superior National Forest.

Fire information officials say campfires and charcoal grills are now allowed between the hours of 6pm to midnight anywhere in the forest. Campfires are also allowed anytime at campgrounds where metal fire rings are used.

Lake County Emergency Management said about a-half dozen roads were reopened Friday. Fire crews constructed more than three miles of fire line and laid three miles of hose on Thursday.

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