USFS reports on fire fighting, conditions, closures; small fire near Grand Marais spotted, extinguishedSun, 09/16/2012 - 1:49pm
The Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District issued the following mid-day report, Sunday, September 16 on wildfires in the Superior National Forest, including Cook and Lake counties.
Locally, the one-tenth acre Little Devil Fire near Grand Marais and outside the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness was spotted on Saturday and quickly extinguished. The USFS says it remains on patrol status.
Special Notifications: Various closures are in effect due to the Parley Fire, the Hoist Bay Fire, and the Canadian Emerald Lake Fire near Knife Lake. Please see the details below. Public Safety crews are posting these areas. Also, fire restrictions remain in effect in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Campfires are allowed only between 7 p.m. and midnight.
NOTE: Conditions are very dry and fire danger is very high across the Forest. There have been several small fire starts over the past few days which fire crews have quickly suppressed. Public safety crews are notifying people in the Wilderness about closures and restrictions. Wind direction is expected to shift to northwest today and push smoke from these fires towards populated areas increasing the potential for a noticeable smell of smoke. Temperatures will be cooler with some change of precipitation but conditions are expected to remain dry.
Current Fire Activity:
The following report was issued on Saturday evening, September 15, from the Kawishiwi Ranger District in the Superior National Forest. The US Forest Service Report also includes information about fires in the Gunflint-Tofte Range District.
Special Notifications: Various closures are in effect due to the Parley Fire, the Hoist Bay Fire, and the Canadian Emerald Fire near Knife Lake. Please see the details below. Public Safety crews are posting these areas. Also, fire restrictions remain in effect in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Campfires are allowed only between 7 p.m. and midnight.
NOTE: There was very little change, overall, with the small wildfires on the Superior National Forest. Public safety crews are notifying people in the Wilderness. Wind direction is expected to shift to northwest Sunday and push smoke from these fires towards populated areas, including the Gunflint Trail and other parts of Cook County.
Current Fire Activity:
Parley Lake Fire, Currently 35 acres, within the BWCAW, T66 R12 S18, east of the Beartrap River, north of Sunday Lake, west of Sunday Bay of Crooked Lake, discovered Sept 12. Aircraft are continuing water drops. Ground crews are on scene. Containment – 40%. Closures: Campsites on Sunday and Saturday Bays of Crooked Lake, the Beartrap River, and Zones 1, 2, and 5 of the Sundial Primitive Management Area are closed. Travel through Sunday and Saturday Bays is still being allowed.
The Tofte Ranger Disrrict of the US Forest Service issued a fire update at 11 AM, Saturday, September 15.
The USFS notes that on Sunday, predictions of winds from the northwest could carry smoke from the Emerald Lake fire in Ontario's Quetico region to areas along the Gunflint Trail.
Here are the updates:
The fire was pretty quiet yesterday not much activity and is still contained within Canada, on the northern side of Knife Lake. On Saturday, the winds will be out of the south driving the smoke north.
Public Safety crews are still on the ground in this area. The USFS is in close contact with Canadian Fire Management Officers. The USFS will continue to monitor the status and activity of this fire by their aircraft as well.
On Sunday, the winds are predicted to be out of the northwest. Areas along the Gunflint Trail will likely experience smoke.
Afternoon detection and monitoring patrols discovered a small fire on the East side of Windy Lake Friday late afternoon at 4:30 pm. This fire is approximately one tenth of an acre in size. Crews are in there at this time and is expected to be 100% contained by later on Saturday afternoon.
This fire is 100% contained and a ground crew is in there at this time. Monitoring will continue by aircraft.
This fire is 100% contained and will continue to be monitored by aircraft.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. BWCAW fires remain in the news, also some news for three post offices in the area, news about the up-coming wolf hunt and school trust lands…all in this week’s news.
COOK COUNTY WHOLE FOODS CO-OP
The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts are reporting that as of Thursday night the Peterson Lake Fire is about quarter of an acre in size.
After working the fire actively with water drops, and ground crews all day on Thursday the fire is 100% contained.
Crews went back in Friday to finish mopping up. Aircraft monitoring and ground crews will continue to monitor until we receive adequate precipitation falls.
Currently the Mora Lake Fire is about three acres in size and is also contained. The fire will continue to be monitored by air on a daily basis.
The Emerald Lake Fire is still located on the northern shore of Knife Lake in the Quetico Provincial Park. Patty Johnson, USFS Fire Management Officer is flying the fire today and the Forest Service will continue to monitor this fire by aircraft.
A number of campsites on the U.S. side in Lake County have been closed as a precaution. They range from the US/Canadian border south along the Knife Lake diagonal from Swamp Lake to Bonnie Lake, and inland to the Lower Knife Lake area. All affected campsites and portages remain closed until further notice.