Cook County prescribed fire outside of containment lines, not wildfire status

Dispatchers say smoke was showing when crews arrived.
Dispatchers say smoke was showing when crews arrived.(MGN)
Published: May. 12, 2023 at 4:54 PM CDT
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MONDAY UPDATE: The Forest Service states there doesn’t appear to be any more fire activity at the location.

UPDATE: The Forest Service tells us crews have made progress on the fire and sent firefighters home for the night.

They’ll return Saturday morning to work to put the fire out for good.

The prescribed burn was supposed to be two acres but grew to ten.

COOK COUNTY, MN. (Northern News Now) - A prescribed fire in Cook County has gotten away from Forest Service crews and is now burning outside of the containment lines.

According to the Forest Service, the fire left the bounds Friday afternoon about five miles west of the end of the Gunflint Trail.

Currently, crews and two volunteer departments are fighting the fire from the ground and the air.

Officials are not declaring this a wildfire at this time.

They are hoping to get the 10-acre fire back in containment lines soon.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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