Skip to main content

Boreal Community Media

Officials say Greenwood Fire is now two-thirds contained

Sep 13, 2021 05:51AM ● By Editor
A area of forest burned by the Greenwood Fire is seen on Sept. 6 in the Superior National Forest near Lake County Highway 2 west of Isabella, Minn.  Photo: Clint Austin | Duluth News Tribune file

From Minnesota Public Radio News - September 12, 2021

Officials managing the Greenwood Fire in northeast Minnesota reported Sunday it's now 67 percent contained, with favorable weather conditions aiding fire crews.

That containment level is up from 54 percent on Friday, and 58 percent on Saturday. As of Sunday the fire west of Isabella was estimated at 26,797 acres in size — unchanged from the previous day.

The lightning-caused Greenwood Fire was first detected nearly a month ago, on Aug. 15, and has burned dozens of buildings — though cooler, more humid weather in recent days has kept fire activity down.

"Fire behavior will be minimal creeping and smoldering, with no growth expected," officials reported in an update Sunday.

More than 350 firefighters continue to work on the fire. On Saturday, in addition to ongoing operations around the perimeter of the fire, a nine-person "wildland fire module" was transported by boat to the southeast shore of Greenwood Lake. 

"That area is difficult to access and these firefighters will remain there for several days, mopping up any hot spots and securing that edge," fire officials reported Sunday.

On Sunday, crews were set to remove three miles of hose line from the northwest edge of the fire, and remove hazardous trees in the McDougal Lake area ahead of property owners returning to the area. The McDougal Lake area — one of the areas hardest-hit by the fire —remains under an evacuation order.

To see the original post and read related stories, follow this link to the MPR News website.
Boreal Ship Spotter - larger view here