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Pagami Creek Fire Now Burning Over 60 Thousand Acres

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A repair locker hose team aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) combats a controlled fire on the mobile aircraft firefighting training device May 2, 2006. A crew of three Department of Defense firefighters travels with the simulator to train Kennedy's fire parties. Kennedy is under way conducting crew proficiency training off the coast of Florida. By Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tommy Gilligan (http://jccc.afis.osd.mil/LBOX/full/1331173.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A repair locker hose team aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) combats a controlled fire on the mobile aircraft firefighting training device May 2, 2006. A crew of three Department of Defense firefighters travels with the simulator to train Kennedy's fire parties. Kennedy is under way conducting crew proficiency training off the coast of Florida. By Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tommy Gilligan (http://jccc.afis.osd.mil/LBOX/full/1331173.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

ELY, MN (KDAL) - Strong winds on Monday have pushed the Pagami Creek Fire in the BWCA 16 miles to the east and now covers an area in excess of 60,000 acres.  The fire has resulted in precautionary evacuations from 36 addresses along a portion of the Cramer Road (Lake County Road 7) from Kawishiwi Lake south to the Wanless Road (Forest Road 172) and west to Homestead Lake.  Besides ground fire fighting crews, airplanes and helicopters are being used to try and slow the spread of the fire as winds will remain brisk from the northwest on Tuesday .  Fire restrictions are now in place for much of northern Minnesota and campfires in the BWCA are also limited.  Public safety crews are moving wilderness visitors out of any areas where they could be at risk from the fire.

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