Monday, September 3, 2012

Cummings Fire Update Sept 3, 2012

Cummings Fire
                                                                       Update Sept. 3, 2012

LOCATION: Township 64, Range 14, Section 28 (southwest corner), on a peninsula separating the west end of Cummings from the northeast side of Otter Lake.

DATE DETECTED: September 2, 2012

SIZE: Estimated at approximately twenty acres

CAUSE: Unknown

AGENCY:  Superior National Forest, West Zone

ASSIGNED RESOURCES:  One Type 3 helicopter, and ten firefighters.  Additionally Forest Service Beavers and 4 or 5 more fire fighters will support suppression today. Minnesota CL215’s are available if needed.

SPECIAL MESSAGES:  This is a wildfire. The Forest Service is actively suppressing it. No structures or private property are threatened. Three aerial fire patrols will be flown today. There will be increased air traffic in the area today due to suppression efforts.
CLOSURES: There are no official closures at this time; however, camping on Otter Lake is not recommended.  An official list of closures if there are any, will be added to this update tomorrow.

An Additional Update:
Fort Frances #53 (Norway Point) Fire
Fort Frances #53, the Canadian Fire on Norway Point of Basswood Lake, has grown to twenty or thirty acres. It remains on the Canadian side of the international boundary and is burning to the north, away from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. U.S. and Canadian crews are monitoring it closely. The fire put up a lot of smoke yesterday, causing some people to believe it was closer than it is. 

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