Did the Forest Service get burned?
ELY -- If not for five hours on Sept. 12, the name Pagami Creek fire might have faded forever into the spruce bogs and jackpine forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness -- just another in the string of 435 lightning fires recorded in the wilderness since 1987.
It was during those five hours -- after weeks of drought, under 80-degree sunshine and fanned by 30-mph winds -- when the fire morphed from a slow-
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