Boundary Waters fire quiet; crews head home
The Pagami Creek fire is officially "unstaffed" as of today after a two month battle against Minnesota's largest forest fire in decades. Following are some of the final facts.
Location: About 13 miles east of Ely
Date started: Aug. 18
Cause: Lightning strike
Total acres involved: 93,000, or 145 square miles
Biggest day: Fire burned across 16 miles, or about 75,000 acres, on Sept. 12.
Containment: About 91 percent. No additional containment is expected.
Cost to fight: About $22 million
Private property burned: None
Buildings burned: One remote cabin used by state conservation officers
Campsites damaged beyond use: Fewer than 10
Firefighters: Some 960 at peak in late September; zero as of today, although dozens of personnel continue to pack up gear and equipment.
Fire hose used: 150 miles, enough to stretch from Duluth to Minneapolis.
Ongoing: Ground and aerial patrols will continue to check for hotspots even though active firefighting has ended.