Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fire in Boundary Waters results in Closures on South Arm of Knife Lake

From Yesterday:

Ely, MN
Update August 27, 2013

The fires listed below are both within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) but they are affecting a very small portion of the BWCAW. All entry points remain open. Closures of campsites or portages will be listed as needed. Nearby visitors will see and hear increased arial and crew traffic.

Both BWCAW fires are under full suppression.Visitors are asked to give aircraft landing on lakes a wide berth for their own safety and the safety of firefighters. Closures posted on campsites and portages are for the safety of both public and fire fighters.

Current Fire Activity:

· Knife Lake Fire: fifteen to twenty acres burning north of the South Arm of Knife and south of Amoeber Lake: Township 65, Range 6 West, Section 18. Three foot flame lengths, creeping, occasional torching, light west winds. Fuel type is mix of balsam, Jackpine, and blowdown. The fire area received no appreciable rainfall last night. Sixteen fire fighterswill be in place today. Campsites and portages on the South Arm of Knife Lake will be closed. A closure order and map will be provided soon. Forest Service Beaver floatplanes will be shuttling crews and assisting with suppression. More aircraft resources may be used. A public safety crew will use a square stern with motor on the South Arm of Knife Lake. All BWCAW entry points remain open.

· Un-named fire near Sedative Lake, north of Ima: Township 64, Range 7 West, Section 17. A single tree was burning when discovered. Staff will be on site today. More resources may be ordered.

Contained and Controlled Fires:

· Disappointment Lake Fire: quarter acre, discovered Saturday evening, August 24, 2013. Controlled as of 8/26/13.


· Two smokes were discovered in Canada yesterday afternoon—one near Crane Lake and another one north of Knife Lake well into Canada.

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