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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 August 14, 2021

West Zone Superior Fires Wildfire
News – 8/15/2021


UPDATE: Superior National Forest personnel are managing all fires on the Forest and will be providing updates on the fire situation and the closure area every other day or as needed. The Forest continues to have some outside resources assisting in suppression, patrol, and monitoring.  There were three new fires on the Forest since the last update two days ago.  These have a star by them.  There are two additional new fires on the East Zone just called in by aircraft this afternoon.  One is just north of the Lady chain.  More to come as we hear additional information.

Superior National Forest Fire Information: Please call the local Ranger District office or online at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or the Superior NF website: www.fs.usda.gov/superior                 

Description: Another period of high fire danger conditions are expected today for northeast Minnesota due to low humidity and gusty southwest 18-22 mph winds.  Skies are expected to be clear and sunny through the weekend, with highs near 90 degrees on Sunday and Monday.  The next chance for precipitation is predicted for Friday, August 20. 

Bunggee Fire: First detected on July 30th, this fire is located within the current closure area. The 3.5-acre fire has control line around it and very minimal fire activity has been observed in the last week. Fire continues to be monitored.

Fourtown Lake Fire: This fire was first detected on July 25th and is located within the BWCAW approximately 12 miles north of Ely. The current size is 265 acres and continues to stay within containment lines. Six firefighters are staffing the fire and continue to mop up and further secure lines. 

Sundial South Fire: Detected on July 21st, this fire is a quarter-acre in size. It is located within the existing closure area and is particularly inaccessible to fire crews due to the remote location and hazardous fuels. Fire activity remains minimal and will continue to be monitored by air.

Ole Fire: This fire was detected late in the day on August 10th and is located west of the north arm of Burntside Lake. The fire is .2 acres and has been contained and controlled.  Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor.

Pelt Lake Fire: This fire was detected on the afternoon of August 10th and is located approximately 2 miles NW of Isabella Lake.  It is estimated to be one acre in size. The fire is now contained and in monitor status. 

·Clara Island Fire: Discovered on August 12th, fire is 1.5 acres and is located 10 miles NNW of Lutsen.  Crews have contained this fire and it is now being monitored.

·Tomlinson Fire:  Also discovered on August 12th, this fire is .75 acres and is 16 miles north of Finland.  Crews have contained and are continuing to put out smokes and monitor.

·Homestead Fire:  This fire is .1 acre fire, also found on August 12th and was contained on the same day and controlled on August 13th.

Canada Fires: Quetico Provincial Park continues to manage several fires burning north of the

international border from the BWCAW. Three of these fires have potential to spread across the border

into areas near Crooked and Iron Lakes. Due to the last few days of drying, fire activity has been observed to be active. The Forest continues to conduct daily monitoring flights over the fires and coordinate with counterparts in Ontario. For more information on the fires in Ontario and for an interactive fire map visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires.

Air Quality: Air quality is expected to to be good across the state today.  For more information on current air quality conditions in your area and to sign up for daily air quality forecasts and alert notifications by email, text message, phone, or the Minnesota Air mobile app, visit MPCA’s Air Quality Index webpage.

Closures: Closures remain in place on the Kawishiwi and LaCroix Ranger Districts until August 20 and will continue to be evaluated. For details, visit the Superior National Forest webpage at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/superior/alerts-notices. With continued fires and a shortage of firefighting resources, the closure allows firefighters to take immediate action on existing fires or new starts without having to evacuate wilderness campers.

Fire Restrictions: Due to continued long-term drought conditions and limited fire-fighting resources, the Superior National Forest is not allowing campfires within the Forest boundary on National Forest lands, including the BWCAW. Propane devices with an on/off switch are permitted, including lanterns, stoves, and firepits. Campfires are NOT allowed at any BWCAW campsites, backcountry campsites, or rustic campgrounds, even in designated fire rings or grates. Please see Fire Restrictions Order and our Campfire RestrictionsFAQ for more information.

The MN DNR activated additional burning restrictions for areas within state jurisdiction in Cook and Lake counties, beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, August 10. Under the additional restrictions, all campfires and recreational fires are banned and the use of welding devices and other torches is prohibited when in proximity to combustible vegetation (unless special permission is granted). The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has also restricted burning on its lands. 

Under these additional restrictions, the campfire and recreational fire ban in Cook and Lake counties now includes all public and private land. In the backcountry, and at campsites, only gas or propane camp stoves are allowed. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed at occupied homes, cabins, and resorts. Charcoal and gas fires must be in devices designed for grilling.  Please see MN DNR Wildland Fire Information for details. 

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