BWCA Fire Update

     Rain is in the forecast tonight so do a little rain dance to prevent any more forest fires from popping up.  Here’s the update on fires on the Eastern edge of the BWCA from the USFS.

Mora lake Fire
3 Acres, in the BWCA
Monitor/Patrol with aircraft.
Little Devil Fire
.1 acre, outside the BW near Grand Marais
Contained and Controlled, patrol status
Peterson Lake Fire
.25 acre, in the BWCA
Contained and Controlled, will have firefighters patrol today.
Windy Lake Fire
.1 acre, outside the BW, Isabella/Tofte area.
Contained and Controlled, will have firefighters patrol today.
Polly Lake Fire
.1-.2 acre, in the BWCA
Detected on 9/15, Dropped water with aircraft –  FS Beaver and Type 2 Helicopter
Monitor/Patrol with aircraft
Emerald/Knife Lake Fire
Our personnel figure the fire is about 525 acres still.  The fire is still smoldering, with some ground fire and an occasional single tree torching.  The forecasted winds will be from the west switching to northwest later in the day.  Smoke could be expected to impact the end of the Gunflint Trail and the BWCA in the vicinity of Knife Lake.  We have been staying in contact with Canadian Fire Management Officials, about this situation.  We have public safety personnel patrolling the Knife Lake closure area.  At this time the fire is entirely on the Canadian side of the border. 

Photo of Knife Lake Fire from USFS

BWCA Fire Knife Lake