MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service expects calmer winds
to slow the growth of a huge wildfire engulfing woodland in
northeastern Minnesota.
     Smoke from the blaze, which has swallowed at least 100,000
acres, drifted hundreds of miles Tuesday to cover parts of Chicago
and Milwaukee with haze and a smoky smell.
     Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Radosevich-Craig
(rah-DOS’-oh-vich) says the fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness is not expected to grow more than a quarter of a mile
Wednesday because of lighter winds.
     Radosevich-Craig says the wildfire is the biggest in terms of
acreage in northeast Minnesota. She says 200 highly experienced
firefighters from federal and state agencies are expected to arrive
Wednesday and Thursday to battle the fire that was ignited by a
lightning strike Aug. 18.