UPDATE: Wildfire moves out of BWCAW, 10% contained


The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that rainy and cloudy conditions helped keep a wildfire — which is believed to have started from a lightning strike in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on Monday — from growing much.

As of Thursday morning, the fire was estimated to be 950 acres in size, with 10% containment.

Fire crews on Wednesday were able to safely approach the fire’s edge and assess conditions and strategies.

The forest service said some locations to start hose lines have also been identified while aircraft continue to drop water on the flames.

A wildfire in northern Minnesota has moved out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and toward an area with cabins.

The U.S. Forest Service said the fire grew slightly to about 1,002 acres in size as of Wednesday night. Officials said a lightning strike is believed to have started the fire Monday.

BWCAW fire reduced to 950 acres

Wind on Tuesday helped push the fire north, officials said.

The forest service also said the location of the fire has been challenging for firefighters but aircraft have been aiding the battle against the flames.

Authorities told WDIO-TV on Wednesday that there’s not yet an estimated date of containment. They also said there weren’t any confirmed reports of damage to any cabins.