Fire crews and a wind switch combined to beat back a raging forest fire Thursday afternoon that burned to the edge of popular tourist town Ely, the Duluth News-Tribune reported.
City officials evacuated the southeastern portion of the city until about 6 p.m., when they allowed residents to return home after a close call for the city of 3,480 residents. No injuries were reported and officials say no occupied homes were lost.
MPR said several small fires quickly grew into the 216-acre blaze. The Highway 1 Fire started when a power line snapped, officials have said.
WDIO has video of helicopters dropping water on the blaze and spotter planes monitoring it.
The Star Tribune slideshow has a few dramatic images that show how close the fire was to town.