Photos: Ojibwe crews tackle the BWCA wildfire

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1 A crew from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community works a line off Forest Road 356i north of Isabella, Minn., near the southern edge of the Pagami Creek Fire. 
2 As with many such crews, this Ojibwe group from Baraga, Mich., travels widely to fight wildland fires around the United States. 
3 This is the view that greets visitors at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness entry at Isabella Lake. It was once a deep forest, but is now a charred landscape. 
4 Firefighters are contending with near record temperatures for October and winds gusting to 20 mph. Small spot fires that have smoldered for weeks unseen outside the fire's containment lines have now flared up. 
5 In addition to crews on the ground, three new aircraft are dropping thousands of gallons of water on hot spots. The Superior National Forest has closed additional areas adjacent to the fire as a precaution. 
6 An Ojibwe crew from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan works a line off Forest Road 356i north of Isabella, Minn., near the southern edge of the Pagami Creek Fire.