Friday, September 30, 2011

Fires now Allowed in Boundary Waters Sept. 30, 2011

***Effective September 30, 2011, campfires will be allowed all times of the day in all areas of the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  ***

  Friday, September 30, 2011

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TODAY’S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is now 67% contained, and the size has been reduced to 92,682 acres due to improved mapping.  Initially the acreage of the fire was determined by using GPS technology while flying along the perimeter.  Crews on the ground are now able to use GPS to gather more accurate data.  Gusty winds prevented crews from working on the fire yesterday.  Reports from spike camps were that live trees were being blown down around their campsites.  Crews spent most of yesterday identifying and removing hazard trees around camp.

·         Continue direct line construction, patrol, and mop up along the fire perimeter.
·         Fireline explosives will be used on a portion of the north perimeter that is not contained.
·         Rehabilitation of roads and dozer lines continues outside of the Wilderness Area.
·         Air resources will continue to provide support to firefighters on the ground.

WEATHER: Drier but cooler weather is expected for today.  Northwesterly winds could still be gusty at times today, with gusts reaching the upper teens.  This weekend is still expected to be warm and dry.  The next chance for showers will be early next week as a weak disturbance passes through the area.

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.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: The Superior National Forest has lifted all campfire restrictions.  For more information, please visit

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:


Cobrarog said...

Your daily updates have been greatly appreciated. Your site address has been sailing around the internet and visited by many interested people such as me. I thank you kindly for your efforts.

Question: What are 'fire line explosives' and how are they used?

Tim Stouffer said...

I don't know that answer. I'd advise to ask the forest service by following one of the links above. I'm glad the updates have been useful and thank you so much for sharing!