Monday, October 10, 2011

Boundary Waters Fire Update October 10, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire

Monday, October 10, 2011

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



TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is 80% contained and remains 92,682 acres. Continued cool and damp weather aided firefighting efforts Sunday. Crews focused efforts on 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.

Warmer weather is expected to return today. Crews will continue with mop-up and patrol in areas of the fire that are contained. Line construction will continue in the Fishdance Lake, Ferne Lake and Bog Lake areas.

Fire restrictions throughout the state remain in effect. No campfires are allowed except in designated, developed campgrounds. Campfires are restricted in the entire BWCAW.

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 return today with a high of 69 - 75 degrees. Relative humidity is expected to be between 36 – 42%. Winds will be South to Southeast at 8 – 13 mph with gusts to 24 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: The state of Minnesota has restricted campfires on both state and federal lands. Campfires are allowed only in designated, developed campgrounds (fee areas). 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 476 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include: 9 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 7 Type 2 crews, 3 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.

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