Rains helps put out fires in Boundary Waters; some campsites reopen


Heavy rains in northern Minnesota have helped firefighting efforts in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

A spokesperson for the Superior National Forest says the Sedative Lake fire, which was three-tenths of an acre, has been declared out while the Knife Lake fire, which covered 188 acres, was 80 percent contained as of late Friday, the paper reports.

Firefighters were helped by 1.8 inches of rainfall over the previous 24 hours.

As a result of the rainfall, campfire restrictions for the Gunflint and portions of the Tofte District have been rescinded, and campsites, waterways and portages in the South Arm of Knife Lake reopened Friday night.

Here's the latest on campsite closures and fire danger in Minnesota.

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