A planned-burn fire in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota escaped its boundaries Thursday afternoon and was burning just south and west of the eastern edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service didn’t immediately have an update on how many acres were burning, but they said the fire is north and west of Foss Lake, about 10 miles west of Ely. People can see the smoke column from many miles away, the Forest Service said.

Aircraft were sent up shortly after 2 p.m. to check on lakes to the north and east of the Crab Lake entry point of the BWCA. Visitors will be notified if the fire moves into the area. The fire is north of Hwy. 169, north of the far western end of Wolf Lake Road and west of the south end of Burntside Lake.