Firefighting crews pulled out of the Boundary Water Canoe Area after the fire burning there since August is all but extinguished. The Duluth News Tribunes reports some workers remain to remove things like 150 miles of fire hose, 200 canoes and other equipment incorporated to bring the state's largest-ever forest fire under control. They're also leaving behind a $22 million bill.
The Tribune tallies the damage after the fire charred almost 100,000 acres of pristine forest. Officials will use ground and aerial observations to monitor any worrisome areas.
But even before the smoke clears, signs of new life are returning to the crown jewel of Minnesota's natural areas. Minnesota Public Radio paddles through BWCA campsites to find grass sprouting on the blackened forest floor. Experts say the burned area will burst with new, green plants come spring.