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Fire at Voyageurs is extinguished

A fire that started as a prescribed burn on July 19 and grew out of control at Voyageurs National Park near International Falls has been extinguished.

A fire that started as a prescribed burn on July 19 and grew out of control at Voyageurs National Park near International Falls has been extinguished.

"We're dealing with a few hot spots in the middle," Kate Miller, the park superintendent, said Sunday. "We'll stay out there. It's important to stay out there until the smoke is gone."

Miller said all told the fire, which was on the east end of the Kabetogama Peninsula, scorched about 58 acres of wilderness. No one was injured fighting the blaze, Miller said, nor were any buildings damaged.

The fire was initially lit to clear away understory in hopes of promoting red and white pine growth. It had been languishing in the region's duff when high winds kicked it back into flame Thursday.

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