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December 19, 2014

Small portion of BWCA closed due to new fires

Firefighters were hoping Tuesday night’s storm might help dump water on a blaze that’s been burning near Cummings Lake since Sunday. Instead, it brought little rain but lots of lightning, sparking five smaller fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The Superior National Forest has now closed a small part of the BWCA wilderness because of the new fires, MPR reports.

The Cummings Lake fire has been growing slowly but steadily since it started, but the 50-acre fire was estimated to be 60 percent contained, the Associated Press said Thursday. The Forest Service has a web page tracking the fire.

With the dry weather, Minnesota’s DNR reports the fire danger is high across much of the state and is very high in the far north.

In a separate bit of good news, the BWCA is rebounding well with new growth just one year after the Pagami Creek fire consumed 93,000 acres, Northlands Newscenter reports: