BWCA officials monitoring nearly a dozen fires

The fires burning in the Boundary Water Canoe Area are mostly small, lightning-sparked blazes. A little rain Thursday didn't do much to help put them out. A small area of the BWCA wilderness and a hiking trail were closed. The biggest fire is the 50-acre Cummings Lake fire, which has not grown much in the last few days.
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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness officials are keeping a close watch the blazes, most of which were sparked by lightning and most of which are less than an acre, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

A small area of the BWCA wilderness and a hiking trail were closed, and campfire restrictions are in place, the newspaper says.

The biggest fire is the 50-acre Cummings Lake fire, which has not grown much in the last few days. It's about 60 percent contained and a crew from Oregon is coming to help put it out, Northlands Newscenter reported.

The Forest Service has a web page tracking the fire.

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