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
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 14th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||Lake County, Tofte Ranger District within the BWCAW|
|Coordinates||47.909 latitude, -90.992 longitude|
Minimal fire behavior.
John Ek and Whelp: Patrol fire by air using aircraft.
The John Ek Fire is at 1,357 acres and is 0% contained. The Whelp Fire remains at 50 acres and is 0% contained.