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Wildfire begins pushing out of Boundary Waters, toward private property

The fire is estimated to be more than 900 acres in size.

A wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is moving north, pushing toward private property in the area.

The Bezhik Fire, which officials believe started with a lightning strike Monday, is estimated to be 950 acres in size, according to the most recent update from the U.S. Forest Service - Superior National Forest. Officials say Wednesday's overcast, rainy conditions helped prevent the fire from growing larger.

It originally started in an area northwest of Bezhik Lake and west of Big Moose Lake, about 16 miles north of Tower, Minnesota, but has since moved further north.

A map showing the impacted area.

A map showing the impacted area.

It is now pushing out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, skirting the southwest edge of Forest Road 464 (also known as the Moose Loop Forest Road). You can see a map of the impacted area here

There is private property located on the south end of that loop, and responders are working to protect any structures there. That includes a Minnesota Incident Command System team. 

Authorities have closed Forest Road 464 and 465, as well as the Moose River South #8 and Big Moose Trail #76 BWCAW Entry Points, citing public safety.

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