The Bright Side

     The wilderness at the end of the Gunflint Trail remains.  The crystal clear lakes are the same and they are still teeming with fish.  The night sky still holds millions of stars to gaze at.  The songs of birds, spring peepers and loons can  be heard.  Eagles soar overhead and wildlife remains in our forest.  Marsh Marigolds are blooming even where the fire went through.  There are trees standing and the forest will remain, no matter what shape it is in. 

     More and more people are arriving to help with the fire suppression efforts each day.  They arrive by busloads ready to fight the Ham Lake Fire.  Teams are eager to help and to do what they can to save structures and from keeping the spread of the fire to a minimum.  These people are risking their lives for the sake of other people’s property. 

     I know how worried everyone is.  I am sorry I am unable to contact all of you individually.  We are doing the best we can.  I can say that if your cabin had a sprinkler system and it got turned on then it probably survived.  The fire raged through rapidly and some cabins without sprinkler systems amazingly survived. 

     Mike has been acting as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.  He has done as much as he can and will continue to attempt to  save structures today.

     Please continue to pray for the safety of all.