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Bezhik Fire

Unit Information

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

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Bezhik Fire Fact Sheet for May 22, 2021

Bezhik Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 5/22/2021

Current Status: Fire crews continued to work directly along the fire’s perimeter yesterday. Weather conditions helped to moderate fire activity with clouds and higher humidity levels. No growth was observed around the fire. The fire area received ¼ of an inch of rain on Thursday night. An infrared heat detection flight was done on Friday morning and a map created for crews to use on the ground to find hot spots along the fire’s edge. On the northwest and northeast sides crews continued to work on hot spots and secure the edge of the fire. The fire affected areas around private structures continued to be monitored and crews extinguished any pockets of heat. Fire activity was minimal along the southwestern side. Firefighters also continued to work along the southeast side to cool off hot spots and mop up along the uneven fire edge as needed.

Planned Actions: Suppression and mop up activities will continue with crews and equipment along the northwest and northeast sides of the fire. Suppression repair work is planned for a few areas along the Moose Loop Road where parking areas had been created during the fire response. On the southeast and southwest sides, which are located within the Wilderness, firefighters will patrol and monitor the fire perimeter watching for hot spots. Helicopter bucket water drops will be used to cool off areas of heat along the edge of the fire as needed.

Weather: On Saturday, there is a chance of rain in the afternoon. Temperatures will be 75-83 and southwest winds 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Winds may shift to the west later in the day.

Closures: The Superior National Forest has a Closure Order in place forForest Road 464 (Moose Loop), Forest Road 465, BWCAW Entry Point #8 Moose River South, BWCAW Entry Point #76 Big Moose Trail. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is currently a TFR in place for air space over the Bezhik Fire (FDC 1/8653) due to fire aviation operations. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t! Cooperating Agencies: St. Louis County Emergency Management, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia MN Fire Department EMS, U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources