Fire officials say the Fern Lake Fire, which is 45 percent contained, will continue to smolder in heavy fuels but the precipitation will prevent any further spread. Another 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall in the area Saturday and Sunday.
The fire, which remains under investigation, has been burning since Oct. 9 and has destroyed one cabin. All evacuation orders have been lifted.
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