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Greenwood Fire

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

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Greenwood Fire Fact Sheet September 28, 2021

Greenwood Fire Wildfire
News – 9/28/2021

GREENWOOD FIRE FACT SHEET - Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Greenwood Fire information on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7805/

Public Information Line: 218-499-9441     Email: 2021.greenwood@firenet.gov     

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/superiornationalforest

SIZE:  26,797 acres       CONTAINMENT:  80%           PERSONNEL:  95

SUMMARY: Started by lightning,the Greenwood Fire was detected on August 15, 2021, at about 3:00 p.m. on the Laurentian Ranger District. The fire started approximately 10 miles southwest of Isabella. Maximum containment will peak at 80-81 percent, as wetland areas prevent crew and equipment from building containment lines in those areas. CURRENT STATUS: Today, command of the fire transitioned to Minnesota Incident Command Team A with Ernie Schmitt as Incident Commander. There has been minimal fire activity over the past several days and several miles of containment lines have been cold and not active. Where the lines have been cold and secure, crews and equipment have been working to repair the impacts of line construction and restore them to a near natural state to reduce the potential for erosion or other natural resource impacts. Yesterday, an infrared flight was done to locate any pockets of heat. Firefighters followed up on those locations near the fire perimeter to extinguish and cool the heat. Most of the remaining heat was found to be well on the interior of the fire.    PLANNED ACTIONS: Crews will patrol containment lines watching for any smoke or areas of heat along the perimeter and will cool down and secure any pockets of heat that are found. Equipment and hand crews will rehabilitate and repair containment lines including the finishing work of seeding those areas with native grass seed to stabilize the surface soils. Crews will start work on removing hazard trees along the closed section of the Jackpot ATV Trail impacted by the fire. In addition, trees and debris will be cleaned up and removed from the McDougal Boat Access area. The backhaul of pumps, hoses, and other supplies will be done as they are no longer needed on parts of the fire. A gradual process of downsizing equipment and personnel will be followed based on the amount of work remaining. WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR: The weather today is expected to be mostly sunny and warmer than average. The high temperature will be
73 degrees and minimum humidity level of 46%. Winds will be 6 to 8 mph from the south with gusts up to 17 mph. Fire behavior is
still expected to be minimal. SAFETY & EVACUATIONS: The McDougal Lake Road, N. McDougal Lake Road, Middle Road, and Stony Loop Road in the Greenwood Fire Closure area are open to property owners via a security pass card from the Lake County Sheriff. For information about getting a checkpoint pass to access your property within the fire closure area, call Lake County Dispatch, 218-510-0640.    CLOSURES: The Forest Service has a closure in place for the Greenwood Fire. All forest lands and roads in the closure area are closed until further notice. The closure is generally south of Highway 1 near the Greenwood Fire perimeter including the Sand Lake Recreation Area and rustic campground, a portion of the Jackpot Trail loop, McDougal Lake area and all associated recreation areas and the Stony River Observation Point. Little Isabella Campground will also remain closed due to bear issues and rehabilitation. For more information and to see a map of this public safety closure, visit the Forest’s alerts and warnings webpage.   FIRE SAFETY: The Superior National Forest and the Minnesota DNR have lifted all fire restrictions.  Remember fires can start easily in dry grass and leaves in fall. Practice caution and ensure your fire is dead out before leaving it unattended.    

The Greenwood Fire Fact Sheet will be updated every other day until further notice.

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