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Wildfire burning north of Ely grows to 223 acres

ELY, MN -- A wildfire burning north of Ely has grown to more than 200 acres in size.

According to Superior National Forest officials, the Fourtown Lake Fire was first detected 12 miles north of Ely on July 25.

Windy and warm temperatures helped it grow quickly.

Forest leaders say they weighed several management techniques, and decided to perform an aerial "burn-out" operation.

That essentially is done to lead the fire into a natural barrier. In this case, that barrier is Fourtown Lake.

Still no word on percentage of containment with this fire.

It also is not sparking any new closures, as the fire is already burning within a previous closure area.

The Fourtown Lake fire is now the largest of 9 wildfires burning in Superior National Forest.

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