Bohall Trail Fire in Itasca State Park five percent contained

A fire in the Itasca State Park is approximately nine acres in size and is five percent contained at last report.

According to the DNR, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office heard a report of a fire burning in timber, lowland grasses and brush in a remote Itasca State Park location.

The fire, called the Bohall Trail Fire, was met by the Lake Itasca and Shevlin Fire Department as well as the DNR.

Engines and air resources were used to battle the blaze, and a hose line has been completed as of Wednesday evening.

A few cabins in the area were evacuated as a precaution. The Mary Gibbs Visitor Center and most of the park remain open to the public.

Wilderness Drive one-way is closed as is the Elk Lake Group Camp.

The park’s fire tower is accessible by trail only.

The origin of the fire is still under investigation.

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