Campsites are one of the casualties of Boundary Waters wildfire

Forest Service officials tell the Ely Echo more than 100 campsites were damaged by the fire and won't re-open for a few years. The good news -- that's only five percent of the campsites in the BWCAW.
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Forest Service officials tell the Ely Echo more than 100 campsites were damaged by the fire and won't re-open for a few years. The good news -- that's only five percent of the campsites in the BWCAW.

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