BWCA portages and campsites to reopen after fire

Nearly two inches of rain have helped firefighters suppress a wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near the Canadian border.

The Knife Lake Fire burned 188 acres since it was first reported Tuesday. Ten firefighters were flown out of the area Friday morning after successfully completing containment lines around the blaze.

Other crews will continue mop up operations. Twenty-four campsites and nine portages that had been closed because of the fire will reopen Friday evening.

Campfire restrictions have also been lifted.

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