Buoyed by cool, wet weather, firefighters tackle north side of BWCA blazeby Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio
Ely, Minn. — Firefighters on the Pagami Creek fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are slogging through another wet, chilly day.
They've made a lot of progress on the western edge of the fire. Incident Command spokesman Doug Anderson said two crews are combining on that side, which releases firefighters for the more problematic north side.
"Because they've got lines contained, they ... pass through once in awhile and look for hot spots," he said. "That frees people to move on where they're building new lines."
Beaver float planes are supplying those crews on the north. No aircraft will be dumping water Thursday, because the fire is well-suppressed from recent rains.
Crews are making good progress using bulldozers on the southern edge, which is outside the BWCA. Thursday, new crews are heading to Kawishiwi Lake on the eastern edge.
The fire remains 30 percent contained.
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- All Things Considered, 09/22/2011, 5:20 p.m.