ELY, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters are bracing for a gusty day Thursday as they battle a wildfire in the Boundary Waters of northeastern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service forecasts northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting to around 35 mph. But there is a 60 percent chance of rain in the Ely (EE’-lee) area.

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Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says the fire is 64 percent contained Wednesday night, and remains the same size, about 146 square miles.

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Helmerick says 663 people are assigned to the fire, which was caused by lightning in mid-August.

The cost of fighting the fire has reached $12.1 million.

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