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Rain, fire line help contain BWCA wildfire

MINNEAPOLIS -- The wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area was 77 percent contained by Monday evening following morning thunderstorms, the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center said.

Most of the fire area received about 1.25 inches of rain in thunderstorms Monday morning, officials said.

Handheld heat detectors were being used to find remaining hotspots.

The wildfire started July 14 in the so-called blowdown area, where a 1999 storm toppled millions of trees over about 500 square miles.

Cost of fighting the blaze has reached more than $6.8 million.

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