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John Ek and Whelp Fires

Unit Information

Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808

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Incident Contacts

Gunflint Ranger District
Phone: 218-387-1750

Tofte Ranger District
Phone: 218-663-8060

Map of the closure area around the John Ek and Whelp Fires in the BWCAW.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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On the afternoon of August 18th, the John Ek and Whelp Fires were discovered by an aerial detection flight within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Both fires are lightning caused.  The John Ek Fire is 2.5 miles south of Little Saganaga Lake and extends from John Ek Lake to the SE corner of Elton Lake. The Whelp fire is five miles northwest of Sawbill Lake. The fires are currently being managed by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3. 

For Superior National Forest Closures visit:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/superior/alerts-notices 
For Superior National Forest Fire Restrictions visit:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/superior/alerts-notices/?aid=67256
For MN DNR Fire Restrictions visit:   https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/index.html 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday August 14th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationLake County, Tofte Ranger District within the BWCAW
Coordinates47.909 latitude, -90.992 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,357 Acres
Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior.

Outlook

Planned Actions

John Ek and Whelp: Patrol fire by air using aircraft.

Remarks

The John Ek Fire is at 1,357 acres and is 0% contained. The Whelp Fire remains at 50 acres and is 0% contained.