Friday, October 14, 2011

Boundary Waters Fire 89% Contained

Pagami Creek Fire
Friday, October 14, 2011
Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. E-mail:


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TODAY'S MESSAGE: Containment for the Pagami Creek fire has grown to 89%. The fire remains 92,682 acres in size. Rain fell across the entire fire area yesterday and some parts received over 1” of precipitation. Fire crews continued to work on line construction in the Ferne Lake and Bog Lake areas. Patrol and mop-up continued on the remainder of the fire. Some crews and resources are being released as containment of the fire progresses.
Cool, wet weather will return today. Strong NW winds are expected throughout the day. For the first time wind chill is entering the forecast and will make the temperatures feel 8 – 10 degrees cooler. Providing for firefighter safety is a primary concern and plans are in place to bring crews in if necessary. Crews will continue to construct fireline on the East side of the fire near Ferne Lake and on the southwest side of the fire near Bog Lake. Crews on the remainder of the fire will be focused on final patrol, mop-up and backhaul operations.
The Superior National Forest and the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources have lifted fire restrictions statewide.

The West, North and Northeast portions of the fire crews will patrol and back haul un-needed equipment.
On the East portion of the fire crews will continue to build fire line near Ferne Lake
On the Southern portions of the fire near Isabella patrol, mop-up and back haul un-needed equipment.
On the Southwestern portions, line construction and reinforcement of existing lines will continue in the Bog Lake area. 
WEATHER: Cool temperatures are expected today with a high of 44 - 49 degrees. Relative humidity is expected to be between 59 - 65%. Winds will be NW at 10 – 15 mph increasing to 14 – 18 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph.

AREA/ROAD CLOSURES: The Superior National Forest has expanded closures for areas adjacent to the Pagami Creek Fire as a precautionary measure to provide for public safety. Travel along Lake County 7 and FR 369, FR 373 and FR 377 is open. The area between these roads and the fire is closed. To see the updated list of closures and closure map, please visit or

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Fire restrictions have been lifted statewide.  For details regarding fire use on the Superior National Forest see:  For details regarding fire use and conditions in other areas of Minnesota, see:

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

CAUSE: Lightning

DETECTED: August 18, 2011

RESOURCES: There are currently 370 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include: 3 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 6 Type 2 crews, 4 engines, 3 camp crews and other personnel. The following air resources are available: 2 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 3 helicopters, 2 CL 215, and three Beaver aircraft on floats.

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