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Pre-Evacuation Status Gunflint Trail

Aug 23, 2021 07:38PM ● By Editor
August 23, 2021 7:15 PM - From John Ek & Whelp Fire Information

The John Ek Fire was doing well today and staying in pace at 800 acres. Extreme fire weather behavior contributed to the fire doubling in size to 1,500 acres later this afternoon. Residents from Seagull Lake to the south end of Loon Lake along the Gunflint Trail are now in pre-evacuation status.  

Currently the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that residents and visitors be in “ready” mode in case of eventual evacuation. This is not an evacuation order, but residents are encouraged to turn sprinkler systems on if they have them. Gather medications, pets and valuables together to be prepared to leave if that order comes. If there is an evacuation, the sheriff’s office will go door-to-door to inform residents and visitors this is happening. Meanwhile, remain calm and be ready. 

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