Wildfire slowly growing in BWCAW near Ely

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Sep 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

ELY, MN (AP) - A fire continues to slowly grow in the Boundary Waters Canoe  Area Wilderness northwest of Ely.
A spokeswoman for the Superior National Forest said Tuesday the fire is now  estimated to have burned across about 40 acres. That's up from an estimated 30 acres Monday.
Forest Service personnel are on the ground cutting trees and digging a line  around the fire.
The Duluth News Tribune ( reports helicopters and  airplanes also may be used to drop water on the fire.
A 10-person ground crew from Michigan is expected to be flown in Tuesday to  relieve local crews.
It's unclear if the fire started from lightning or a campfire. 
The BWCAW remains open for canoe travel and camping, but camping is not  recommended on nearby Otter Lake because of smoke.

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