The massive wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness burned about 95,000 acres. Hundreds of firefighters from the Midwest and Rocky Mountains fought the blaze at a cost of more than $20 million. And now, with winter approaching, we're getting a look at the extent of the devastation the fire left behind.
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Officials Saturday were still fighting two small fires by air and ground in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, as well as a 500-acre blaze burning just across the Canadian border. Canadian crews are attacking a "very active" fire known as Fort Frances No. 59, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Satellite image shows the scar of massive Boundary Waters wildfire
The photo from a NASA satellite shows the 100,000 acres of burned forest in contrast to the green forest surrounding the area. Officials estimate the total cost of the fire, which began mid-August from a lightning strike, is now over $20 million.
Boundary Waters wildfire forces Brewers to close the roof at Miller Park
Haze and smoke from the Boundary Waters wildfire in northern Minnesota forced the Milwaukee Brewers to close the roof at Miller Park for their game Tuesday night against the Rockies. The wildfire is now one of the largest in Minnesota history.
Cost of battling Boundary Waters wildfire tops $12M
Fire officials tell the Associated Press the funding for personnel, supplies, lodging, fuel and equipment comes from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior.
Rescue in the wilderness: Man saves friend in Boundary Waters
Scott Pirsig and Bob Sturtz are 50-something pals who set off on a getaway in the woods of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. But the trip took a dark turn when Sturtz had a stroke and Pirsig made the wrenching decision to leave his friend and go for help. The Albert Lea Tribune has the story about a dramatic rescue – and friendship.
Wind continues to be a problem in Boundary Waters wildfire fight
Strong winds over the weekend made the airborne efforts unsafe. While windy weather is in the forecast for the next few days, rain showers and potential snow flurries will help put a damper on the remaining fires.
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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