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Carl Skustad, zone wilderness manager for the U.S. Forest Service, checks a smoldering area along a wooded edge of Lake Three in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Wednesday. About a month after the Pagami Creek fire hit its peak, members of the U.S. Forest services took media members for a tour of the BWCA to view the damage. (David Joles / Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Race for renewal in canoe country

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ON LAKE THREE -- The last firefighters are set to fly or canoe out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness today, leaving any lingering puffs of smoke and flame in the Pagami Creek fire for the first winter snows to snuff.

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