Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. E-mail: PIOPagamiFire@gmail.com
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TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is 82% contained and remains 92,682 acres. Warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity returned yesterday. Fire behavior did not increase significantly due to recent rains. Crews continued with line construction along the northeastern boundary of the fire near Fishdance Lake, the eastern side of the fire near Ferne Lake and the southern portion of the fire near Bog Lake. Aviation resources supported fire crews with suppression activities and transport of supplies and back haul.
Line construction will continue today in the Fishdance Lake, Ferne Lake and Bog Lake areas. Crews will continue with mop-up and patrol and will begin to back haul over 75 miles of hose from areas of the fire that are contained.
Fire restrictions throughout the state remain in effect. No campfires are allowed except in designated, developed campgrounds. Campfires are restricted in the entire BWCAW. Please see below for additional information.
On the West and Northwest portions of the fire crews will patrol, mop-up existing lines and back haul un-needed equipment.
On the Northeast portions of the fire, hose-lays and line construction will continue as well as patrol and mop-up of previously constructed line.
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 line improvement continues.
On the Southwestern portions, line construction and reinforcement of existing lines will continue in the Bog Lake area.
WEATHER: Higher temperatures will continue today with a high of 68 - 73 degrees. Relative humidity is expected to be between 42 – 49%. Winds will be South/southwest at 5 – 10 mph becoming southwest at 8 – 12 mph with gusts to 22 mph from late morning on.
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 www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home or www.inciweb.org/incident/2534.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Campfires and other open fires are restricted across Minnesota. For details regarding fire restrictions on the Superior National Forest see: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home. For details regarding fire restrictions and conditions in other areas of Minnesota, see: www.mnics.org
LOCATION: The fire started approximately 13 miles east of Ely.
DETECTED: August 18, 2011
RESOURCES: There are currently 483 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include: 9 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 7 Type 2 crews, 4 engines, 0 dozers, 1 water tenders, 3 camp crews and other personnel. The following air resources are available: 3 Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 3 helicopters, 2 CL 215, and three Beaver aircraft on floats.
Pagami Creek Fire