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Weekend News Roundup for Sept. 24

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. WTIP’s focus this week was on the Pagami Creek Fire near Ely.

Islands smoke

Pagami Creek Fire is 35% contained, weather is helping

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 35% contained and remains at 93,669 acres.

Crew. Front (L-R) Pete Harris, Len Voit, Lee Wenzel, Tom Rice, Steve Lenius, Lowell Johnson. Back: Ted Young and Karla Miller

Rain slows Pagami Creek Fire; Banadad bridge work allowed to continue

The Pagami Creek Fire remains at 30% contained at 93,669 acres. Between 0.2–0.5 inches of rain fell on the fire area yesterday. Since Sunday, 3/4 to 1 inch of rain has fallen on the fire.

Smoke cloud from the air

Firefighting team in BWCA reaches nearly 840

Rain is giving firefighters a break in their battle against the Pagami Creek wilderness blaze in northeastern Minnesota.

Great Expectations School

Great Expectations begins the school year with future growing pains

School is in session at Great Expectations with an enrollment of 70 students and growing.

Pagami Creek Fire smoke cloud over Eastern Europe

Pagami Creek Fire Update – smoke cloud over Eastern Europe

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 30% contained. The size decreased to 93,669 acres because of more accurate GPS mapping on the northwest side.

Pagami Creek Fire - Polly Lake looking west: photo by Dennis Neitzke USFS 9/17/2011

Rain expected to prevent forest fire from growing

A half-inch of rain over the next couple days is expected to keep the Pagami Creek fire from spreading in northeastern Minnesota.

Pagami Creek Fire smoke

Pagami Creek Fire Update for the afternoon of Sept. 20

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 23% contained. The size remains unchanged at 93,898 acres.

A view of the Pagami Fire from the air, photo courtesy of

Map of the Pagami Creek Fire

Click on the above link to download the most recent map available at this time of the Pagami Creek Fire line, from Wednesday, September 14. The map shows the uncontrolled fire edge in red.


Pagami Creek Fire campfire and closure updates for Sept. 20

A complete open campfire ban continues throughout the entire Superior National Forest – including residences. Only gas and propane fires are allowed.