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East Zone Fire Updates - BWCA

The 2006 Red Eye & Famine Lake Fires were extinguished.  As always, please use care in all conditions when using campfires.


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Fire Information Update
East Zone Complex
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District

September 24, 2006 Gunflint Ranger District Office: (218) 387-1750

Minnesota Interagency Fire Center: (218) 327-4558

Fire Quick Facts Greg Vollhaber has taken over as Incident Commander of the East Zone Complex as of Friday, September 22, 2006, at 7:00 A.M. The East Zone Complex consists of four fires: Famine (4044 acres). Red Eye, (1792 acres), Sumpet (58 acres), and Patriot (4 acres) fires.

Public Meetings: A final public information meeting, conducted by Superior National Forest, took place at the Mid Trail Fire Hall #1 on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 10:00 A.M.  As of September 24th, public meetings will be held on an as needed basis.

Strategies: The Famine, Red Eye, Sumpet, and Patriot Fires are being managed under a confinement strategy.  These fires will continue to be monitored by air and suppression actions will be taken as needed.

Current Closures: All closure orders pertaining to BWCAW entry points and campgrounds (with exception of the Kekekabic Trail) for the Famine and Red Eye Fire areas have been rescinded as of Friday, September 22, 2006. The closure orders remain in effect for the Cavity Lake and Turtle Fire areas. For addition information, check the Superior National Forest website at Motorists using the Gunflint Trail are reminded to drive with care. There will continue to be extra traffic due to fire fighting activities, as well as fall color tours and hunting. For additional fire information, visit the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center website at: or you may visit . ###


9/13/06 East Zone Current Fires:

There are currently 8 wildfires that have been detected on the Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts over the past week. Most of these fires are the result of lightning. None of the fires are in areas where structures or other values at risk are being threatened. Conditions are very dry for this time of year. Weather is expected to change this weekend with rain expected.

Famine: Tofte District Located mile northeast of Brule Lake. Fire is 5 acres in size. Burning in a hardwood mix. Fire is in BWCAW. Aircraft is being used to confine the fire to natural boundaries.

Sumpet: Tofte District - Fire is less than 1 acre in size. The fire is being confined to natural boundaries. Aircraft is being use to assist in confinement. Fire is within the BWCAW.

Scott Creek: Tofte District Located 1 mile southwest of Silver Island Lake. Approximately 10 acres in size. Burning in lowland spruce/fir and old logging slash with pockets of blowdown. The fire is being suppressed with engines, dozers and hand crews.

Juno: Tofte District Located on the south shore of Brule Lake. Less than 1 acres in size. Fire has been contained and is in mop-up/monitor status.

Baker: Tofte District Located near Baker Lake within the campground. This fire is less than 1 acre. The fire has been contained and is considered out at this time.

Red Eye: Gunflint District Located 1 mile southeast of Winchell Lake and 2 miles northeast of Brule Lake. The fire is approximately 5 acres in size. The fire is within the BWCAW. This fire is being contained to natural boundaries. Aircraft is being used to confine the fire.

Patriot: Gunflint District Located south of Seagull Lake. Fire is less than 1 acre. Fire is burning in the Arc Lake prescribed burn south of Seagull Lake. This fire is being assessed aerially for the appropriate management response.

Cavity Lake: Gunflint District This fire is located at the end of the Gunflint Trail, southwest of Seagull Lake. The fire burned 31,830 acres in August and is unstaffed. This fire continues to show interior burning of areas that did not burn in August. All spots burning are well within the interior of the fire and not threatening to escape the boundaries.





Additional information and photos of the Cavity Lake Fire


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