Thursday, May 26, 2016

As of May 25, 2016 Foss Lake Fire 95% Contained BWCAW entry point #4 (Crab Lake entry point) will reopen on Friday morning.

25 May 2016, 8:15 p.m.
Full Link on incident Here
The fire is now 95 percent contained.

One of today's objectives was to backhaul excess equipment, hose, and trash off the fireline. Firefighters hauled 10 miles of hose off the line to a drop point at the end of Wolf Lake Road. From there, Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa crew members loaded the hose into trucks and brought it back to the incident command post in Ely. They untangled the hoses, spread them out in straight lines, and hooked them up to a rolling machine, which turned them into compact round bundles that were stacked on pallets. The pallets will be returned to the fire cache at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids. There it will be washed and dried prior to being stored, ready to send to the next incident when ordered.

BWCAW entry point #4 (Crab Lake entry point) will reopen on Friday morning.

Basic Information

Current as ofMay 25, 2016 at 5:30:49 PM CDT
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday May 19th, 2016 approx. 11:00 PM
LocationApproximately 10 miles west of Ely, Minnesota, north of Foss Lake and south of Crab Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Incident CommanderBrian Pisarek
Incident DescriptionEscaped Prescribed Burn

Current Situation

Total Personnel212
Size936 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday June 01st, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events
Fire behavior is minimal (for example, smoldering) well inside the perimeter.


Planned Actions
Firefighters continue to secure the perimeter of the fire by mopping up. They're rehabilitating the areas affected by fire-suppression activity and using aircraft to backhaul excess equipment. 
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Begin rehab of campsites; 24 hours: remove suppression supplies and equipment, continue fireline and campsite rehabilitation. 

Current Weather

Weather Concerns
Scattered storm cells are predicted to pass through the area this evening.

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