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West Zone Superior Fires

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

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West Zone Superior Fires Update for July 9, 2021

West Zone Superior Fires Wildfire
News – 7/9/2021

Status and Resources:

Delta Fire: Firefighters are conducting suppression tactics by securing the south line using chainsaws and working west. Additionally, they are working on numerous spot fires outside the main fire area and tying them with the main fire. The fire is active and spotting. Currently, various aircraft, thirteen firefighters, two off-Forest engines, and one local fire engine are assigned to the fire. More staff may be directed to the fire as needed.

Astray Fire: Aircraft is assisting this fire. A detection flight is scheduled to obtain more information on the fire due to its remote location. Crews are installing hose lays with pumps for suppression. The fire is burning in deep duff.

Picketts Fire: Aircraft knocked much of the active fire yesterday. Two engines are staffing the fire, one from Pennsylvania and the other from Wisconsin. Firefighters will continue to suppress the fire.

Hassel Fire: Three firefighters and two BIA engines are currently suppressing this fire. The fire has burnt over the original containment lines . Additional firefighters will be sent in today to help work this fire.

Planned Actions:Due to the four wildfire incidents in a short time period and the continued drying trend, a MN Incident Command Systems Team is scheduled to take unified command over the fires beginning this afternoon. The Forest has ordered additional resources for initial attack and existing wildfires, including a Type 3 engine, a taskforce leader, and additional firefighters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. However, obtaining fire resources is proving challenging due to national and local resource shortage. Forest visitors should continue to be aware of the dry conditions and expect to see aircraft being used for fire response and detection.

Closures/Campfire Prohibited: Currently, the following BWCAW entry points are closed:

  • #56-Kekekabic Trail East
  • #74-Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank are closed Additionally, the following lakes, campsites, and portages in the BWCAW are closed:
  • Parent
  • Disappointment
  • Jitterbug
  • Ahsub
  • Becoosin
  • Benezie
  • Adventure
  • Rifle
  • Bridge
  • Fire
  • Drag Primitive Management Area

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