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UPDATE: Hassel Lake fire prompts BWCA closures, 3 acres burned

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NORTHEAST OF TOWER, MN-- Crews fighting the fire at Hassel Lake that started late Friday now say it's burned a total of three acres.

As of Monday, officials say it is zero percent contained.

The flames are about 10 miles northeast of Tower.

Fire crews are still working to find an access route to fight the flames on the ground.

Our sources say they are dropping water from the air to slow the spread.

The fire forced the closure of lakes, campsites, and portages in the BWCA west of Crab Lake.


NORTHEAST OF TOWER, MN-- Lightning sparked another wildfire in the BWCA.

The Hassel Lake Fire, located about 10 miles Northeast of Tower, started Friday and has so far burned two and a half acres of forest.

Crews on the ground and in the air have been battling the flames since then.

According to a Saturday press release, fire activity remains low but is still smoldering on the ground level.

Several ports, lakes and campsites around the fire are closed today due to possible safety concerns.

It is currently prohibited to enter the following areas.

BWCAW PORTAGE TRAILS CLOSURES:
• Crab Lake to Clark Lake
• Crab Lake to Saca Lake
• Glenmore Lake to Schlamn Lake
• Little Crab Lake/Creek to Lunetta Lake

BWCAW CAMPSITES AND LAKES CLOSURES:
• Clark Lake and Campsites
• Glimmer Lake and Campsite
• Saca Lake and Campsite
• Meat Lake and Campsite
• Sprite Lake
• Phantom Lake and Campsite
• Boulder Lake and Campsite
• Battle Lake and Campsite
• Hassel Lake and Campsite
• Lunetta Lake and Campsite
• Schlamn Lake and Camp

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