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UPDATE: Hassel Lake wildfire is ‘100% contained’

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NORTHEASTER, MN-- The US Forest Service says the Hassel Lake fire in the Boundary Waters (BWCA) is now fully contained.

A lightning strike on June 4, caused the fire to ignite and had been burning ever since.

The fire went from burning two acres to 12, to 21 in a matter of days.

The fire burned a total of 21 acres.

However, officials say no structures were damaged or destroyed.

No injuries have been reported.

Recent precipitation and higher humidity levels have helped fire suppression efforts.

"The fire is now 100% contained," said fire spokesperson.

Containment is defined as having achieved a line around the perimeter of the fire to keep it from spreading.

The Forest Service says they will continue to monitor the area into the weekend.


NORTHEASTERN, MN-- The wildfire started by lightning strike last Friday in the Boundary Waters has burned 21 acres.

As of Thursday, the Hassel Lake fire near Tower has been 50 percent contained, according to officials.

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


NORTHEASTERN, MN-- A fire caused by lightning strike late in the day Friday has continued to burn more acres in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on the LaCroix Ranger District of the Superior National Forest.

The wildfire was detected June 4, near Hassel Lake approximately 10 miles northeast of Tower, MN.

Fire crews say activity was low for most of the day, burning two to three acres with smoldering fire on the ground but later increased in size.

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

Now officials report an estimated 10-12 acres burned as of Monday night.

Several aerial water drop cycles were ordered using FireBoss and CL-415 water scooping airplanes.

According to officals, the fire is not near any lakes or portages north of Boulder Lake and southwest of Hassel Lake so access on the ground is difficult.

One FireBoss airplane and one Helicopter are assigned to the fire and will be used for aerial
water drops as needed.

BWCA closures include the creek between Lunetta Lake and Little Crab Lake.

This is still developing, check back for updates.

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