Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808
West Zone Fire Information
Current Status: Yesterday, early morning rain and higher humidity levels kept fire activity low. The fire area received ½ of an inch of rain in the early morning Tuesday. The increase in size to 21 acres was due to more accurate mapping by firefighters on the ground on Tuesday, June 8. Fire crews were able to approach the fire’s edge and started to assess the conditions and strategies needed to work on direct suppression of the fire. Additional crews were brought into the fire area to set up pumps and water hose lines. Safely accessing this fire on the ground for direct suppression and supporting those efforts has taken time to establish. Firefighters need to have two reliable methods to leave the fire area if an injury occurs or fire activity increases and compromises firefighter safety. The Minnesota Incident Command System Type 3 Team B was ordered and took command of the fire at 6:00 am on June 9, 2021. Team B brings additional safety, operational, logistical, and planning support to ensure that the fire crews in the Wilderness can focus on fire suppression.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will start using the water hose line for direct suppression work along the edge of the fire. An additional order of pumps, hoses, and supporting equipment will be delivered and set up on areas of the fire where needed. Water hose lines will be used to cool down hot spots and begin mop up efforts on areas of heat. Several areas of this fire have burned hot and deep into the soil which will require a lot of work. Aircraft support will be also utilized as needed like helicopter bucket water drops to cool off areas of heat. A resupply of food for fire crews camping in the Wilderness will be coordinated through logistics.
Weather: Slight chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures will be 84-92, minimum humidity levels of 33-46%, and southeast winds 2-9 mph changing to south winds 7-11 mph with gusts up to 19 mph.
Closures: A Forest Closure of lakes, campsites, and portages within the BWCAW west of Crab Lake is in place to ensure public and firefighter safety. This Closure Area includes Clark Lake, Saca Lake, Meat Lake, Phantom Lake, Boulder Lake, Battle Lake, Hassel Lake, Lunetta Lake, Schlamn Lake and all the associated portages and campsites in this area. The closure includes the creek between Lunetta Lake and Little Crab Lake. BWCAW Entry Point #4 Crab Lake remains open. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is currently a TFR in place for air space over the Hassel Lake Fire (FDC 1/9059) 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: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, St. Louis County Emergency Management