Greenwood Fire containment grows to 37%, rain is forecast | KSTP.com

Greenwood Fire containment grows to 37%, rain is forecast

Greenwood Fire fills the air with smoke and haze near Isabella. Photo: KSTP/Kristen Swanson. Greenwood Fire fills the air with smoke and haze near Isabella.

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Created: August 31, 2021 11:04 AM

Containment of a wildfire in northeastern Minnesota has risen to 37% as hundreds of firefighters expand their defensive lines.

The Greenwood Fire has burned nearly 41 square miles in the Superior National Forest since it was spotted Aug. 15 after being started by lighnting, but it hasn’t grown much in the past week.

Forest officials said in an update Tuesday that Monday’s moderate weather helped crews extend their containment lines on the west and north sides. Additionally, forest officials said up to three-quarters of an inch of rain is expected to fall later in the week, which would help moderate fire behavior, "although not fully relieving it."

Construction has been advancing at a rate of nearly 1 1/2 miles a day. Officials say 505 people are now assigned to the fire, up from 468 earlier.


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