Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boundary Waters Fire Update September 29, 2011 IT IS RAINING!

  Thursday, September 29, 2011

                                                   Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.   E-mail:

TODAY’S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is now 64% contained, and the size remains at 93,459 acres. Firefighter and public safety is always top priority.  Two challenges firefighters will be facing today include rough water and high winds.  Gusty winds can create a hazard as snags and trees with roots weakened by fire can fall without warning.  Rough water will make canoeing difficult and unsafe.  This morning firefighters were reminded to maintain their situational awareness and to prepare to disengage if these conditions exist.

·         Continue to patrol and mop up along the fire perimeter using infrared data to locate hot spots.
·         Continue line construction along portions of the fire perimeter that are not contained.
·         Rehabilitate roads and dozer lines outside of the Wilderness Area.
·         If weather permits, air resources will continue to provide support to firefighters on the ground.

WEATHER: A cold front passed through the area overnight bringing with it cooler temperatures, strong northwesterly winds, and light rain showers.  Precipitation is expected to range from 0.10 to 0.25 inch with isolated higher amounts.  Northwesterly winds are expected to increase late this morning with gusts reaching 35-45 mph and greater.  Dry weather and gradually warming temperatures are expected over the weekend.

AREA/ROAD CLOSURES: Some Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness entry points remain closed for day and overnight use. To see the updated closure, please visit

Highway 1 is open. The following roads, trails, and areas are closed: FR 381 north from the intersection with FR 377 (Tomahawk Rd.) and all areas north and east of FR 381; FR 373 (Northwest Rd.) south from FR 377 to the intersection of FR 369 and all areas north and east of this route; FR 369 east from the intersection of FR 369 and FR 373 to the intersection of FR 369 and Lake County Rd. 7 (Cramer Rd./Windy Lake Rd.) including all areas north of this route; all areas to the west of Lake County Rd. 7 (CR 7) between the intersections with FR 369 and FR 354 (CR 7 is open for travel); and FR 354 north from the intersection with Lake CR 7 and all areas west of FR 354.

LOCATION: The fire started approximately 13 miles east of Ely.   

CAUSE: Lightning    

DETECTED: August 18, 2011

RESOURCES: There are currently 663 personnel assigned to the incident.  Resources include: 10 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 5 Type 2 crews, 4 engines, 4 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 camp crews and other personnel. The following air resources are available: two Type 1 helicopters, two Type 3 helicopters, and two Beaver aircraft on floats.

Area closures and burning restrictions:
Smoke conditions:

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