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Hassel Fire

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

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West Zone Fire Information
Phone: 218-248-2411

Hassel Lake Fire Fact Sheet for June 11, 2021

Hassel Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 6/11/2021

Current Status: Yesterday, firefighters made good progress working directly on the fire. Recent precipitation and higher humidity levels have helped fire suppression efforts. An early morning infrared helicopter flight found about 15 hot spots around the fire. The locations of these hot spots were sent to the ground crews so they could seek out and extinguish or cool them down. The crews did this successfully and once done with that work they switched over to packing up equipment and hose and backhauled it from the fire area. The fire is now 100% contained. Containment is defined as having achieved a line around the perimeter of the fire to keep it from spreading.

Planned Actions: This morning firefighters will patrol the fire area one more time to make sure that the conditions have not changed. Minimum impact suppression techniques were used since this fire is located within the Wilderness, so some minor repair work needs to be done on the backhaul sites, access trail, and campsites. The repair work will be done this morning and remaining equipment and gear will be backhauled from the Wilderness. The firefighters who have been working on site for several days will return from the Wilderness. The fire will continue to be monitored by aircraft flights. MNICS Incident Management Team B will be transitioning command of the fire back to the Forest at the end of shift today.

Weather: There is a 50% chance of rain or thunderstorms today. Temperatures will be 69-79, minimum humidity levels of 55-73%, and southeast winds 3-9 mph increasing to 5-11 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): The TFR in place over the Hassle Lake Fire (FDC 1/9059) will be released at the end of shift or 8pm this evening, June 11, 2021. Please remember to not fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones around any wildfire activity. If you fly, we can’t! Cooperating Agencies: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, St. Louis County Emergency Management