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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fire Update for BWCAW

Courtesy USFS:
Lake Three, Horseshoe Island Fire Update – June 15, 2011

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 25 acres

SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke is visible in Lake Three general area. The smell of smoke is more widespread along the Fernberg Road area.

CLOSURES: Three campsites in the southern end of Lake Three are closed. Each campsite that is closed is posted. Information regarding the campsite closures will be posted at the Lake One and Snowbank Lake entry points.

Forest Service's Current Message: Visitors should stay clear of the two islands that are burning. All portages are open, including the portage into Horseshoe Lake. Visitors may see or hear aircraft and fire crews. A public safety crew may be in the area as well. Visitors are continuing to travel through the Lake Three area. The fire activity is low. Fire is still confined to two islands and continues to creep.

A second fire is also burning in the Boundary Waters:

There is a small fire on the north side of Crab Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, reported on June 14, 2011. The fire is less than a half acre and is being suppressed. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rain showers are forecast for tonight. Always make sure your campfire is completely out before leaving your campsite.

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