Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808
West Zone Fire Information
Current Status: Yesterday, firefighters were able to work directly along the edge of the fire after setting up water pumps and hose lines to help with direct suppression. Crews were also able to start mopping up along the edge of the fire and work towards containment. Mop up involves searching for areas or pockets of heat and cooling those areas with water and soil to secure the edge of the fire. Crews work along the edge of the fire and interior for a predetermined distance like 50 to 100 feet. All this work resulted in achieving 50% containment on the fire by the end of shift. A resupply of food and water was delivered by helicopter to the crews camping in the Wilderness.
Planned Actions: The crews will continue to mop up and grid the fire area for heat and hot spots that could potentially flare up. Gridding involves working across the fire area in an organized manner to make sure that pockets of heat are discovered and cooled down, so they don’t flare up with flames or embers later in dry or windy conditions. A helicopter flight with an infrared camera is scheduled early in the morning to identify areas of heat around the fire and to help direct firefighters to those specific locations. Helicopter bucket water drops will be utilized as needed to cool off areas of heat.
Weather: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance of rain. Temperatures will be 80-90, minimum humidity levels of 42-58%, and west winds 2-4 mph shifting to northwest 2-5 mph with gusts up to 13 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