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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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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. 

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
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



John Ek Fire - 1,357 acres

Whelp Fire - 50 acres