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Paddlers getting first look at BWCA post-Pagami Creek fire

Nearly 10 percent of the Boundary Waters changed dramatically in just 12 hours last September. Now canoeists are getting a look at the area that was burned in the Pagami Creek fire. Some campsites and hiking trails remain closed, but most of the region is open to visitors.
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Nearly 10 percent of the Boundary Waters changed dramatically in just 12 hours last September. Now canoeists are getting a look at the area that was burned in the Pagami Creek fire. Some campsites and hiking trails remain closed, but most of the region is open to visitors.

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