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Ham Lake fire still a threat

Although the North Shore received some much needed rain Sunday night, the Pioneer Press reported that the Ham Lake wildfire only received about one-tenth of an inch of rain, which will quickly be evaporated by the sun on Monday. The fire is currently the fourth largest in Minnesota history, beating out 2006's Cavity Lake fire in number of acres destroyed. The Ham Lake fire, which started May 5, has consumed an estimated 60,000 acres of Minnesotan and Canadian land. Winds from the south Sunday pushed the fire into Canada, where an unspecified number of residents were forced to evacuate. The Star Tribune added that the fire is 93.1 square miles and only about 20 percent of the fire is under control. However, more firefighting resources flooded into the area over the weekend, including an upsurge in fire fighters. There are now about 930 fire fighters on the Minnesota side of the blaze, which almost doubles the town of Grand Marais, which has a population of about 1500.