Crews gain upper hand against fire threatening Ely

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May 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

ELY, MN (AP) - Authorities in Ely  have lifted an evacuation order and say they've gained the upper hand against a wildfire that threatened the northeastern Minnesota town.
Scott Camps, emergency services manager for the St. Louis County sheriff's department, says crews have switched to mopping up, though it will likely take a day or longer to douse all the hot spots.
Camps says fire officials believe the fire started when a tree fell and snapped a power line, and it spread quickly due to high winds. It burned about 100 acres before firefighters stopped its advance on the town.
The U.S. Forest Service took the lead in the fight, which involved several agencies at its peak. City Clerk Terry Lowell says Ely Fire Department crews returned to their base early Thursday evening.


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