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Crews burn area to contain Boundary Waters fire

Efforts to control a fire in the Pagami Creek region of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness continued Monday, with crews burning an area to keep the fire from spreading to the north, where properties could be...

Efforts to control a fire in the Pagami Creek region of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness continued Monday, with crews burning an area to keep the fire from spreading to the north, where properties could be

threatened.

Firefighters completed a burnout between Lakes One and Two on Sunday, with helicopters assisting in the effort.

Crews escorted paddlers on portages in the area to ensure their safety. No portage closures were expected Monday.

Heavy smoke in the area persists, due to the Pagami Creek Fire and the High Lake Fire, which was detected Sunday and is burning on a peninsula at the northwest end of High Lake, about seven miles northeast of Ely.

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People with a history of cardiac or respiratory problems may wish to exercise caution if they plan to travel through the area. BWCAW visitors also should expect to hear pumps running in the area, as a sprinkler system has been set up to dampen portage paths.

Aircraft also will be active in the area. A water-scooping tanker called a CL-215 will be taking water from Snowbank Lake. A small plane will provide tactical direction to all operations from the air. And float planes will conduct reconnaissance and support operations.

The Pagami Creek fire was detected on Aug. 18 and is believed to have been caused by lightning. It has consumed about 310 acres of forest so far.

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