Fire burns 9 acres in Itasca State Park

ITASCA STATE PARK, Minnesota – A fire at the western edge of Itasca State Park in northwest Minnesota has burned about 9 acres, officials said Wednesday (October 6).

The fire was reported to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department received a call Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. regarding a fire in an area of ​​woodland, lowland grass and brush in a remote area of ​​the park on the north side of Lake Bohall.

Lake Itasca and Shevlin fire crews responded, as did 10 fire trucks from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In addition, DNR air assets have been deployed, including two helicopters, a tanker and a Fire Boss aircraft and an air attack aircraft, according to a DNR statement.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Bohall Trail fire was about 9 acres and 5% contained, MNR said, and a sprinkler line was completed around the blaze.

There are no reports of injuries or damage to the structure, but park staff evacuated Bert’s huts and Ozawindib’s hut at the north end of the park. MNR officials said ground crews were making good progress in extinguishing the blaze. Lake Bohall is approximately 43 miles southwest of Bemidji.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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