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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 Fire Update for July 12, 2021

West Zone Superior Fires Wildfire
News – 7/12/2021


The Astray Fire is approximately one acre in size and located inside the BWCAW, west of Clearwater Lake and east of Clear Lake. The fire is within mixed timber and blowdown. It is located 11 miles east of Ely and is presumed started by lightning. The fire is controlled. The Forest continues to monitor the fire with aerial resources.

The Picketts Lake Fire is approximately one-tenth acre in size and is located south of Picketts Lake approximately four miles northeast of Ely. It started by lightning presumably and is burning in balsam and blowdown. The fire is controlled. Crews are conducting daily fire checks for smokes and hot spots.

The Hassel Fire was originally reported on June 4, 2021 southwest of Hassel Lake in the BWCAW. It was placed in patrol and monitor status, but it was reported to have experienced additional minor fire activity on July 8. The entire fire is currently 21 acres; however, only one-half acre is new fire activity. It is located west of Crab Lake and Burntside Lake, approximately 10 miles northeast of Tower, and 14 miles northwest of Ely, MN. Firefighting crews remain on scene.

In addition, the Forest is monitoring Canada’s fire activity along the international border.

WEATHER: High pressure will prevail through Monday. Hazy skies are expected due to smoke from Canada’s wildfires. Temperatures will be warmer today, with light and variable winds. There is chance of rain Monday night, with additional chances through Thursday.

CAMPFIRE RESTRICTIONS: Due to dry conditions, fire activity, and limited resources, the Superior National Forest has prohibited campfires on the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Until this restriction is lifted, campfires are only allowed in approved fire structures that have been installed and maintained by the Forest Service in fee campgrounds. All other campfires are prohibited. For more information, visit .


These BWCAW entry points are closed:

•#56 – Kekekabic Trail East          •#74 – Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank

These BWCAW lakes, campsites, and portages are closed:

•Parent •Adventure •Rifle •Disappointment •Bridge •Jitterbug •Fire •Ahsub

•Drag Primitive Management Area •Becoosin •Benezie

Closures will be in place until the Delta Lake Fire and the others in the region no longer pose a risk to the public.

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