Fires Burn in the BWCA & Campfires to be Restricted

I hate the “F” word.  Fires may be good for the forest but I personally don’t like them. Especially when one of the fires is close to Amoeber Lake which is one of my favorite lakes in the Boundary Waters.  Luckily I was able to paddle in the area the fire is burning just this summer and I have photos of it too.

Fire danger is high and a partial fire ban will go into effect Friday.  Fires will be allowed from 7pm-midnight only.

Think rain and safety for the fire fighters.

From the USFS

Knife Lake Fire: now at approximately 100 acres, fire is north of the South Arm of Knife and south of Amoeber Lake: Township 65, Range 6 West, Section 18. Fire fighters are taking full suppression actions and are pleased with the progress. Control lines are being created and are holding well. The smoke column may increase today due to the ignition of unburned fuel between the fire and the control lines. Containment is estimated at 40%.

Sedative Lake Fire, north of Ima: Township 64, Range 7 West, Section 17. Reported at three tenths of an acre in size and 60 % contained yesterday afternoon. A two person crew camped nearby and will be working it again today.

Contained and Controlled Fires:

Disappointment Lake Fire: quarter acre, discovered Saturday evening, August 24, 2013. Declared out on 8/27/13.

Resources: Sixteen fire fighters and four public safety staff on the Knife Lake Fire; two staff on Sedative Fire; CL215 air tanker, small helicopter, and an air attack fixed wing stationed at Ely Tanker Base; two deHavilland Beaver floatplanes at the Ely Seaplane Base.

For a location map of the three fires, the South Arm of Knife Lake closure order, a closure map, and updates please see our website:

Knife Lake BWCA Fire
Boundary Waters fire in Knife Lake

These photos were taken on the far west side of the fire at the campsite before the north portage into Amoeber.

South Arm Knife Lake
Boundary Waters South Arm Knife Lake

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