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Associated Press, Published September 12 2011

Boundary Waters fire doubles in size

ELY, Minn. — A forest fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely has more than doubled in size since Sunday.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jean Bergerson said Monday the Pagami Creek fire has grown to 11,000 acres, from 4,500 acres on Sunday. Bergerson says about 70 hikers and canoeists have been moved from Lakes Two through Hudson and the Isabella River. Several waterways, entry points and portages in that area have been closed, including the popular Lake One and Isabella Lake entry points.

Bergerson says a crew of 20 firefighters paddled into the fire area Sunday night. She says helicopters and small planes were used to dump water on the fire Sunday.

The Forest Service says the fire was initially detected Aug. 18 and was sparked by lightning. The wilderness area includes more than 1 million acres within the Superior National Forest.




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