September 13th 8:45 a.m.
New Update from the West Zone Fire Information Desk.
We are closing campsites on Sunday and Saturday Bay of Crooked Lake and the Beartrap River through Zones 1, 2, and 5 of the Sundial PMA.
We are closing the Four Mile Portage, Ella Hall, and Mud Lake (out of Fall Lake) plus Back Bay of Basswood. Portage closure are the 70 rod from Pipestone to Back Bay, the 90 rod from Back Bay toward Half Dog Island/Basswood, and the 68 rod from Hoist Bay to Good Lake.
Closures are for the camper's safety and for the safety of the fire fighters.
this is due to yesterday's activity summarized below:
West Zone Fire Update
Sept. 12, 2012 afternoon
Special Notifications: The stiff winds increased fire activity today. Fire restrictions remain in effect in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Campfires are allowed only between 7 p.m. and midnight.
Current Fire Activity:
Parley Lake Fire, is estimated at 75 acres, in the BWCAW, T66 R12 S8, east of the Beartrap River, north of Sunday Lake, east of Sunday Bay of Crooked Lake, discovered today. This fire is receiving water drops from a medium helicopter and CL215s today. A ground crew will be on scene soon. Campsites on Sunday Bay of Crooked Lake and the Sundial Primitive Management Area will be closed to secure public safety and allow fire fighters ample room to work.
Hoist Bay Fire: approximately one acre, T64 R11 S17, between Hoist and Back Bay of Basswood Lake, discovered at about 5:40 p.m. CL215s are on the way. Public Safety crews are going in by motor boat.