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October 31, 2014

Firefighters pounce on BWCA fire, but it’s growing

It is going to take some time, and some rain, to contain what has grown into a 30-acre blaze in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, fire officials say, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

What is being called the Cummings Lake fire is burning about 12 miles northwest of Ely. Fourteen firefighters were battling the blaze on land and a helicopter was aiding the fight Monday, the newspaper reported. Five aircraft were being used Sunday.

Firefighters established a control line on the eastern border of the fire Monday while the helicopter dropped suppressant, the Associated Press says.

The area is extremely dry and fire danger is high. Superior National Forest officials say that the fire is well within the BWCA, so no structures or civilians were immediately threatened, Northlands Newscenter reported.

According to Superior National Forest officials, 60 to 70 fires happen every year, about half started by people, Northlands Newscenter reports.