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Wildfire near Ely, Minn., reported to be 70 percent contained

ELY, Minn. - Crews made good progress in battling the Foss Lake wildfire west of Ely on Tuesday, with the fire reported to be 70 percent contained by late afternoon.

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An aerial view of the Foss Lake fire zone, made available by the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday.
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ELY, Minn. - Crews made good progress in battling the Foss Lake wildfire west of Ely on Tuesday, with the fire reported to be 70 percent contained by late afternoon.

More than 200 personnel continued to work on the 1,015-acre fire on Tuesday. Firefighters did an aerial survey of the perimeter on Tuesday afternoon and found three pockets of heat in the fire zone, which crews were planning to address by the end of the day.

There's a continued chance of rain in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

The Foss Lake fire, about 10 miles west of Ely, has prompted the closure of a small part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness northwest of Burntside Lake. It started as a 78-acre intentional fire - intended to improve wildlife habitat and forest regeneration, as well as remove fuel for future wildfires - and grew out of control last Thursday.

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