Contact Us

Cost of Fighting Northeastern Minnesota Forest Fire Reaches $14 Million

Greg Volhabber

ELY, Minn. (AP) – A fresh command team takes over Monday against a forest fire in northeastern Minnesota.

Spokesman Larry Helmerick says the Pagami Creek fire was 71 percent contained as of Sunday evening. He says the costs of fighting it have reached $14.2 million.

Helmerick says his Colorado-based team turns the job over at 6 a.m. Monday to a Minnesota team that has experience on this fire and hopes to put the fire to bed.

The fire has blackened about 145 square miles in and near the Boundary Waters but has grown very little since mid-September. It was sparked by a lightning strike about 14 miles east of Ely Aug. 18.

The weather is cooperating, but Helmerick says the forecast for later in the week calls for record temperatures and high winds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

More WJON News

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wjon.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The WJON VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The WJON VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.