4 Letter “F” Word- Fire

     Until Thursday I had never heard of Lizard Lake and I hope I don’t hear about it for very long.  Lizard Lake Fire is what the most recent fire in the Gunflint District has been named. It’s currently in the middle of nowhere but that isn’t comforting to me.

Description: NEWS RELEASE
Superior National Forest
August 27, 2010 – 11:00 am

Lizard Lake Fire – Gunflint Ranger District    Nature and Cause of Incident
Smoke was spotted on 8/26/10 by USFS fire personnel traveling on the Gunflint Trail. The origin of the fire is believed to be a lighting strike from a thunderstorm 7 – 10 days ago. 

Location – Size – Fuels
The fire is in the BWCAW approximately 1 ½ miles north of Long Island Lake; 1 mile south of Dawkins Lake. The fire is less than ¼ acre in size, it is currently smoldering on the ground with no open flames. Fuels in the vicinity include lowland conifers, tamarack and white spruce.

The fire is not near canoe travel routes and is not a threat to public safety or structures. The closest portages are: the Rib Lake to Lower George Lake Portage which is approximately ¾ mile to the west; and the Lower George to Karl Lake Portage which is approximately 1.5 miles to the SW.

A map is in the SNF news section of the Boreal front page.     Management Strategy
At this time our management strategy is to monitor the fire by air over the next several days. We will actively monitor the fire and our management strategies will be reassessed as conditions change.

For current conditions check the Superior National Forest Information onour web site, www.fs.usda.gov/superior or Boreal News at: www.boreal.org.

    Meanwhile to our north the fire danger is also a hot topic, no pun intended.  We’re hoping for some rain this week but we’re also hoping it will be nice for Labor Day weekend.


From the MNR      The forest fire hazard is climbing steadily across Northwestern Ontario.

The hazard is sitting at “moderate” to “high” for the whole region, with the higher hazards in the southern portions of the
FortFrances and Dryden districts, QueticoProvincialPark, Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts, and north towards Geraldton and Nakina.   

With no rain in the short-term forecast, the fire hazard is expected to climb.

Two new fires were reported yesterday, both in Thunder Bay District.  Thunder Bay Fire #57 was a small lightning-caused blaze, located near
WabindonLake, that is now “out.”

Thunder Bay Fire #58, located in the Murillo area, is a human-caused fire but no problems are anticipated.

Meanwhile, Red Lake Fire #44, located near
TaillonLake, east of Pikangikum First Nation, is responding very well to suppression efforts.

FireRanger crews continue to wrap the fire with hose lines and extinguish hot spots.

There is minimal flame on this fire and no problems are anticipated.

In other news, a total of 180 fire staff are departing from
Thunder Bay and Dryden today bound for British Columbia