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 Alpine Lake Fire 



A watchful eye has been on on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area since July 4, 1999, when over 400,000 acres of forest were blown down.  A fire broke out Saturday, July 6th at Alpine Lake, located just West of the end of the historic Gunflint Trail and Sea Gull Lake.  While this is definitely not the first fire in the BWCA since the blowdown, the Alpine Lake Fire may be grabbing more attention as it is in an area that received some of the worst damage in the '99 blowdown.

August 20th, 2005

Alpine Lake Fire at 100% Containment

The Alpine Lake Fire in the BWCAW is currently at 1335 acres with a reported 100% containment. MNICS Incident Management Team B is assigned to this fire and will conduct the closeout meeting on Monday. At that time, the incident will be turned over to a Type 3 team. Total personnel, crews and overhead for the Alpine Lake Fire are reported at 145. Prognosis: Most areas have received rain this week. Moderate temps today with 10-20 mph winds.


August 19, 2005 10:00AM

Alpine Lake Fire Nearing Containment

The 1.6 to 1.9 inches of rain that fell on the Alpine Lake Fire Wednesday night has slowed the fire behavior down to smoldering hot spots. Minimal smoke was observed yesterday though many roots and stumps may still hold heat. The fire is now 93% contained with full containment expected by 6pm this evening. Crews have begun the arduous task of removing more then 30 miles of fire hose, numerous pumps, and other fire fighting equipment and supplies. Crew safety remains a concern, as snags, wet ground, heavy loads, and exhaustion increase the potential for injuries.

The two portages between Seagull and Alpine Lake were opened Thursday. The portages from Seagull to Grandpa and Grandpa to Roy Lake remain closed. Sprinklers will be left in place between Seagull and Roy Lakes for now. More campsites will be opened today as firefighters are demobilized.

Today mop-up of hotspots and equipment recovery continue. Significant demobilization begins at 8 am today. On Monday, August 22 the Type 2 Overhead Team will hand the incident over to a Type 3 Team. The new team will continue rehabilitation work and patrolling for hotspots.

Daily public information meetings continue through today at the Blankenburg Landing Fire Hall at 10:00 AM. 

Fire Facts:

Date Started: 8/06/2005

Cause: Lightning

Current Size: 1335 acres

Location: NE MN, near the end of the Gunflint Trail between Alpine, Seagull, Red Rock and Grandpa Lakes

Injuries to Date: three - one twisted ankle, one broken finger, one strained knee

Percent Containment: 93

Estimated Containment: 8/19/05 @1800


Personnel: 245

Wilderness campsites closed: 18

Cost to date: $2,234,000

Command: Unified: Stegmeir’s MNICS Type 2 Incident Management Team, USFS, MN DNR,

Cook County Sheriff

Cooperating Agencies: Gunflint VFD, National Wx Service, MN DOT, Interagency crews from MN, WV, IN, OH, and MO

Fire Restrictions: Level II - Use of campfires or wood/charcoal burning stoves is not allowed in restricted areas at any time, with the exception of fire grates at Trails End, Iron Lake, East Bearskin and Flour Lake ONLY.  Gas or propane cook stoves are allowed any time of day.  For additional information call 218-387-3221.

Fire Restrictions: Level II – Effective 12:01AM Friday August 12, 2005

Alpine Lake Fire Archive: Related Links:
8/11/05 Current Gunflint Weather Conditions
8/11/05 Cook County Star Gunflint Lightning Detection
8/10/05 Current Ely Weather
8/10/05 Alpine Fire Map (PDF) Smoke Monitoring
8/9/05 11 a.m. Wildfire Information Center
8/9/05 Midnight National Fire News
8/8/05 Smoke & Health (DOC)


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