Narrow escape shows danger of Minnesota forest fire

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Sep 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

ELY, Minn. (AP) - There have been some intense moments for firefighters battling flames in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.     

The Star Tribune reports Thursday that six firefighters were working in the Insula Lake area on Monday when they heard the fire coming. So they got into canoes and started paddling.


But Forest Ranger Mark Van Every says they were overtaken by thick smoke and could barely see each other. Several got onto a rock and deployed Kevlar shelters for protection. Another jumped into a lake and set up a shelter overhead.


The six were in radio communication, but smoke was so thick that air searchers couldn't find them.


Van Every says enduring after an hour of fiery heat and hot embers, they emerged uninjured and were back on the job Wednesday.

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