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Monday, July 23, 2012

BWCAW Fires Updates - Info from the USFS Received on July 23

DATE OF DETECTION:  see each fire’s notes
CAUSE : Most are believed to have been caused by lightning.

AGENCY:  Superior National Forest, West Zone
RESOURCES:  Fire patrols and fire suppression are being done with Forest Service DeHaviland Beavers. Two Type 3 helicopters are on loan from the state and one type 3 helicopter should arrive today. Personnel are listed with each fire. 

FIRE INFORMATION:      (218) 365-7600

SPECIAL MESSAGES:  The amount of moisture in the duff layer is very low. Visitors and residents are encouraged to be extra cautious with fire. In the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), visitors must not leave fires unattended and must drown fires out cold.

Additional Information:
·         The Perent Lake Fire on the southeastern edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is approximately three acres. It was first detected on July 3rd and re-kindled on July 21st. Safe access to this fire for ground crews has been difficult. 8 crew members are working it today. The fire is under East Zone management.
·         The Portage River Fire was discovered on July 21. The initial estimate of two or three acres has been revised to three fourths of an acre. Its location is: T65, R14, S14: ¾ of a mile north of the Echo Trail and ¼ mile west of the Portage River Fire. A six-person ground crew is working this fire.
·         The Ed Shave Fire is south of Ed Shave Lake, east of Big Lake: T65, R13, SW corner of Section 36. This fire is one fourth of an acre in size and is now controlled.
·         The Coleman Island Fire is on a peninsula of a large island in Lac LaCroix. This fire was discovered yesterday. A full size-up was prevented by a thunder storm. The cause of this one was an escaped campfire. Four people are staffing.
·         A new report was just called in on Hustler Lake. The pilot reported smoke on the ground in heavy timber. The size is estimated at one tenth of an acre. The location is T66 R14, the NE corner of section 6.
·         Forest Service crews are also clearing forest roads in the Lake Leander area due to damaging winds yesterday.

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