Friday, October 7, 2011

Fire Ban On. Fire Danger Levels High.

Effective 12:01 am, Friday, October 7, 2011, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal fire or wood-burning stove is prohibited anywhere on national forest lands within the boundaries of the Superior National Forest .  The only exception is within constructed steel fire grates provided by the Forest Service at fee-for-use campgrounds.  Gas or propane camp stoves may be used anywhere on the Forest.!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPwhQoY6IeDdGCqCPOBqwDLG-AAjgb6fh75uan6BdnZaY6OiooA1tkqlQ!!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfMjAwMDAwMDBBODBPSEhWTjBNMDAwMDAwMDA!/?ss=110909&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003853&navid=091000000000000&pnavid=null&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ttype=main&pname=Superior%2520National%2520Forest-%2520Home/ 

Pagami Creek Fire
Friday, October 7, 2011
Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. E-mail:



TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire remains at 92,682 acres and is 71% contained. A fire weather watch and Red Flag warning are posted for the fire area.  Fire activity increased in several areas of the fire with active surface fire and group tree torching. Little acreage was added to the fire but spot fires occurred in the north side near Fishdance Lake and on the east side east of Ferne and Isabella Lakes. Windy conditions throughout the night on Friday may cause fire activity to extend into the evening hours.
At midnight Thursday night statewide fire restrictions went into 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 unneeded equipment. Some water drops were used in that area of the fire to cool previously unburned islands within the fire area.
·   On the Northeast and East portions of the fire, hose-lays and line construction will continue as well as patrol and mop-up of previously constructed line.  This is still an area of high concern. 

·   On the Southern portions near Isabella patrol, mop-up and line improvement continues.

·   On the Southwestern portions, line construction will continue between the Isabella River and Bog Lakes.

·   As the warmer weather and increased winds continue, all crews will be checking hot spots that are being detected outside the existing line.  Suppression forces will take a proactive approach in using aircraft to cool hot spots.

·   On the southeast portion of the fire crews will be adding a secondary line in an area where several hot spots have been found outside of the existing line. (Ferne Lake)
·   Firefighters are prepared to disengage if the weather provides unsafe conditions to work.

WEATHER: Dry and warm weather will continue on Friday with temperatures in the 70s and winds gusting to 36 from the south by 1:00 pm . Winds will continue into the nighttime hours and pick up again early Saturday morning. .

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 campfire on both state and federal lands. Campfires are allowed only in designated,developed campgrounds (fee area)., 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 465 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include: 8 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 4 Type 2 crews, 3 engines, 0 dozers, 1 water tenders, 4 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
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