Pagami Creek fire 80 percent containedWarmer weather is expected to return today. Crews will continue with mop-up and patrol in areas of the fire that are contained.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The Pagami Creek fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is 80 percent contained.
Cool and damp weather Sunday aided firefighters, who focused their efforts on line construction along the northeastern boundary of the fire near Fishdance Lake, the eastern side of the fire near Ferne Lake and the southern portion of the fire near Bog Lake.
Warmer weather is expected to return today. Crews will continue with mop-up and patrol in areas of the fire that are contained. Line construction will continue in the Fishdance Lake, Ferne Lake and Bog Lake areas.
Fire restrictions throughout the state remain in effect. No campfires are allowed except in designated, developed campgrounds. Campfires are restricted in the entire BWCAW.
There are 476 personnel assigned to the fire, which has burned across 92,682 acres. The fire is believed to have started as a result of a lightning strike Aug. 18 about 13 miles east of Ely.