Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808
Current Status: Over the past several days firefighters and aircraft have made very good progress working to secure the fire edge and cool down pockets of heat as necessary around the perimeter of the fire. Fire crews continued this mop up work on the ground yesterday. Fire activity remains minimal along the edge of the fire. Due to improved mapping by crews on the ground the size of the fire has been adjusted to 782 acres.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will check the perimeter of the fire area again today to seek out any pockets of heat and cool them down if found. Mop up work has been done around the north side of the fire working in along the edges to make sure that it is secure. While the perimeter of the fire has been worked by firefighters, interior pockets of fuel might still burn so smoke may be visible at times. A local Incident Commander and small crew will remain assigned to the fire with the local west zone fire organization to continue monitoring and patrols over the next several days. Command of the fire and assigned resources will be returned to the local unit at the end of shift this evening (5/23/21). MNICS Team B will be demobilized and returning to their home units on Monday morning. Team B would like to thank everyone involved for their support and success working to contain the Bezhik Fire.
Weather: On Sunday, there is a 30% chance of rain. Temperatures will be a high near 51 and east winds 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph.
Closures: The Closure Order currently in place forForest Road 464 (Moose Loop), Forest Road 465, BWCAW Entry Point #8 Moose River South, and BWCAW Entry Point #76 Big Moose Trail will be rescinded at 9:00am on Monday, May 24, 2021. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The TFR in place over the Bezhik Fire (FDC1/8653) was released on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Please remember to not fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones around any wildfire activity. 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