Almost 2 Months After the Pagami Started

     It’s been almost two full months since the Pagami Creek Fire started and it’s still not 100% contained. It’s getting closer each day but with temperatures in the 70’s almost all month it’s been unseasonably warm and dry. Cooler temperatures and rain are expected and that should put the Pagami to rest.

Pagami Creek Fire Update 10-11-2011

Incident: Pagami Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 24 hrs. ago



Pagami Creek FIre

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. E-mail:



TODAY’S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is 85% contained and remains 92,682 acres. Warmer day time temperatures and lower humidity led to moderate surface fire with occasional single tree torching yesterday. Crews are nearing completion of the line along the northeastern boundary of the fire near Fishdance Lake. Crews also continued with line construction on the eastern side of the fire near Ferne Lake and the southern portion of the fire near Bog Lake. Aviation resources supported fire crews with suppression activities and transport of supplies and back haul.

Precipitation is likely today and cooler, wetter conditions will aid firefighting efforts. Line construction will continue today in the Fishdance Lake, Ferne Lake and Bog Lake areas. Crews will continue with mop-up and patrol and will begin to back haul over 75 miles of hose from areas of the fire that are contained.

Fire restrictions throughout the state remain in effect. No campfires are allowed except in designated, developed campgrounds. Campfires are restricted in the entire BWCAW. Please see below for additional information.



On the West and Northwest portions of the fire crews will transition to patrol and back haul un-needed equipment.

On the Northeast portions of the fire, hose-lays and line construction will continue as well as patrol and mop-up of previously constructed line.

On the East portion of the fire crews will continue to build fire line near Ferne Lake

On the Southern portions of the fire near Isabella patrol, mop-up and line improvement continues.

On the Southwestern portions, line construction and reinforcement of existing lines will continue in the Bog Lake area.


WEATHER: Higher temperatures will continue today with a high of 65 – 69 degrees. Relative humidity is expected to be between 66 – 72%. Winds will be South/southeast at 6 – 11 mph becoming southeast at 8 – 12 mph with gusts to 19 mph.


AREA/ROAD CLOSURES: The Superior National Forest has expanded closures for areas adjacent to the Pagami Creek Fire as a precautionary measure to provide for public safety. Travel along Lake County 7 and FR 369, FR 373 and FR 377 is open. The area between these roads and the fire is closed. To see the updated list of closures and closure map, please visit or


FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Campfires and other open fires are restricted across Minnesota. For details regarding fire restrictions on the Superior National Forest see: For details regarding fire restrictions and conditions in other areas of Minnesota, see:


LOCATION: The fire started approximately 13 miles east of Ely.

CAUSE: Lightning

DETECTED: August 18, 2011

RESOURCES: There are currently 452 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include: 8 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 6 Type 2 crews, 4 engines, 0 dozers, 1 water tenders, 3 camp crews and other personnel. The following air resources are available: 3 Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 3 helicopters, 2 CL 215, and three Beaver aircraft on floats.