Cummings Lake Fire grows to 40 acres without expected rain - KMSP-TV

Cummings Lake Fire grows to 40 acres without expected rain

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A 10-person crew from Michigan has been flown in to help contain a wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area that doubled in size over the past 24 hours.

According to Becca Manlove, information officer for the west zone of the Superior National Forest, the fire's size is now estimated at 40 acres.

The wildfire is still burning on a peninsula separating the west end of Cummings Lake from the northeast side of Otter Lake, about 11 miles northwest of Ely, Minn.

Officials say they must perform additional work on the northwest corner of the fire after predicted rain did not come, preserving the dry conditions. Winds in the area are expected to be light on Tuesday.

A few individual campsites have been closed as a result of the fire's expansion, but no other closures have been announced so far; however, officials say they may restrict campfires in the future.

The Beartown crew arrived on Tuesday and they will relieve local crews.

Currently, one Type 3 helicopter and 16 firefighters have been assigned to the fire. Other aircraft are standing by.

The cause of the fire, which broke out shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday, remains unknown.

No structures are threatened by the fire.

On Monday, firefighters on the ground completed a control line on the eastern border of the fire while a helicopter worked the blaze from above.

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