Photos by Orvis Lunke
There was a lot of green at the start of the "Tuesday
Fire" on July 2, 2002 (left.) After several days of
firefighting, the burned area covered 450 acres between
Greenwood Lake and Tom Lake.
Tuesday Fire burns 450 acres
The "Tuesday Fire" which
apparently started with a lightning strike in a section of
dead balsam on Tuesday, July 2, burned for more than a week.
The fire burned approximately 450 acres in the forest
between Greenwood Lake and Tom Lake in Hovland. On July 10,
Forest Service Information Officer Donna Hart said many of
the crews had been released from the fire.
"There are approximately 60 people working there
now," said Hart. "They are just checking for hot
At one point, there were approximately 175 people working on
the fire, as well as three National Guard helicopters. Help
also arrived from Canada, with a CL-415 water aircraft.
Local building contractors assisted ground crews with
bulldozers and excavation equipment.
Although the Tuesday Fire appears to have been started by
natural causes-a lightning strike-the majority of wild fires
are caused by people. The Minnesota Incident Command System
(MNICS), an interagency team of the Forest Service, DNR,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, US Fish
& Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Department of
Public Safety, joins local authorities in cautioning the
public to use extreme care.
For up-to-the-minute fire information, visit www.boreal.org
and click on Fire Information. Local radio station, WTIP
also provides up-to-the-minute information on their morning
and evening Community Calendar programs at 9:00 and 6:00
p.m. For additional information on how to protect your home
or cabin from wildfire visit www.firewise.org or contact the
local Firewise Communities group at (218) 387-3059.