He outran the flames, but never escaped

Steve Posniak did what he could to beat back the flames that had suddenly sparked near his camp in the Boundary Waters. But as the fire spread and crackled into the tree tops, he had to flee. He barely escaped what became the Ham Lake Fire of 2007. It consumed millions of dollars and hundreds of livelihoods, and left the man at the center of it haunted by the tragedy that devastated the place he loved.
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Steve Posniak did what he could to beat back the flames that had suddenly sparked near his camp in the Boundary Waters. But as the fire spread and crackled into the tree tops, he had to flee. He barely escaped what became the Ham Lake Fire of 2007. It consumed millions of dollars and hundreds of livelihoods, and left the man at the center of it haunted by the tragedy that devastated the place he loved.

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