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A crew from Klamath Falls, Ore., heads into the wilderness near Island Lake, Minn., to fight the the Pagami Creek fire on Sept. 15, 2011. A forest fire that smoldered for nearly a month on the Minnesota-Canada border before exploding this week to cover nearly 160 square miles is laying bare old disagreements over the best way to manage wildfire. The fire started small on Aug. 18 with a lightning strike in the remote Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bob King | Associated Press/The Duluth News-Tribune

BWCA Pagami Creek Fire part of trend toward bigger wildfires

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By Dan Kraker, MPR News 91.3FM

ELY, MINN. – A year ago, the Pagami Creek Fire roared across the Boundary Waters, engulfing 90,000 acres of forest in a single day. Signs of the devastation that occurred in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area are still present, as many dead trees remain, stripped of foliage and charred black.

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