Firefighters hope to fully contain wildfire by Saturday

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Sep 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

ELY, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters battling the forest fire in northeastern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area hope to have the blaze fully contained by the end of the week.     

Superior National Forest officials say the Pagami Creek fire is nearly 60 percent contained. Nearly 800 firefighters are working to contain the fire, which was ignited by a lightning strike Aug. 18, but really got rolling earlier this month.

Forest District ranger Mark Van Every says the goal of fully containing the fire by Saturday will depend on the weather. With a warmer, drying trend, the fire conditions can change quickly. 

Van Every tells Minnesota Public Radio News that forest officials will begin rehabbing campsites and trails this fall. He says most of the 2,200 Boundary Waters Canoe Area campsites were untouched by the fire.

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