Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Boundary Waters Fire Update Tuesday October 4, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. E-mail: PIOPagamiFire@gmail.com
Website: www.inciweb.org/incident/2534
Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/112717872039965407359

TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire remains at 92,682 acres and is 71% contained. There may be increased smoke in the area as fire activity increases (especially on the east side) with higher temperatures and wind increase over the fire area.  Hot spots outside the fire perimeter continue to be located and contained. Crews are being moved in anticipation of stronger southerly winds expected on Thursday. Additional air resources (two CL215 water scooping aircraft and one type 1 helicopter) are being assigned to the fire and will become available through the day as they arrive.

·         On the West and Northwest portions of the fire crews will patrol, mop-up existing lines and back haul unneeded equipment.
·         On the Northeast and East portions of the fire, line construction will continue as well as patrol and mop-up of previously constructed line. 
·         On the Southern portions near Isabella, mop-up and rehabilitation of dozer line continues.
·         On the Southwestern portions, line construction will continue between Superstition and Bog Lakes.
·         All crews will be checking outside the line for hot spots that are expected to show up with the warmer weather and increased wind.
·         Air resources will continue to provide support to firefighters on the ground.

WEATHER: Dry and warm weather with increasing winds is forecast over the fire through the week. High temperature today is expected to be 79oF with winds out of the southeast at 6 to 11 mph with gusts to 15 mph.

AREA/ROAD CLOSURES: The Superior National Forest has reduced the closure area around the Pagami Creek Fire. Some areas that have been reopened include Snowbank Lake, North Kawishiwi River, and Bald Eagle Lake. A small portion of the BWCAW and national forest lands remain closed. To see the updated closure, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home or www.inciweb.org/incident/2534.

The road closures still in effect form a continual route from west to east. The closure includes the following roads and areas: FR 377D from the intersection of FR 377 (Tomahawk Rd) to the BWCAW boundary (Bog Lake Access); FR 377 (Tomahawk Rd) from the intersection of FR 377D east to FR 379; FR 379 south to the intersection of FR 369; the area north of FR 369 between the intersection of FR 379 and FR 356 (FR 369 is OPEN); FR 356 northeast from the intersection of FR 369 to FR 1244 (Coffee Lake Access); FR 1244 south to the intersection of Lake County Road 7 (CR 7); All areas west of CR 7 from the intersection of FR 1244 to FR 354 (CR 7 is OPEN); FR 354 north to the BWCAW boundary (Kawishiwi Lake Access).

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: The Superior National Forest has lifted all campfire restrictions. For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home.

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

CAUSE: Lightning

DETECTED: August 18, 2011

RESOURCES: There are currently 530 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include: 12 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 2 Type 2 crews, 5 engines, 0 dozers, 2 water tenders, 2 camp crews and other personnel. The following air resources are available: 3 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 3 helicopters, and three Beaver aircraft on floats.

Area closures and burning restrictions: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home
Smoke conditions: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/

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