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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 this weekend 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 16, 2005 10:00AM

Good Progress Made on Alpine Lake Fire

Firefighters had good day on the fire Monday. Even with winds gusting up to 28 mph they were able to hold established lines and continue to construct more line. Up to .25 inches of rain was received on some areas of the fire. Helicopters were used to drop water on hot spots, especially in the NW corner. Crews hope to finish building line across the northern perimeter today. The west side looks good; firefighters will continue to mop up and patrol all fire lines.

A public meeting Monday evening at the Grand Marais Community Center was well attended. The Incident Management Team informed local residents about their strategies, showed pictures, handed out maps, and opened the floor for discussion. The daily public information meeting will be held at Blankenburg Landing Fire Hall at 10:00 AM.

Safety of fire personnel, residents and visitors continues to be the top priority.

Fire Trivia: - There is 25 miles of hose creating "wet line" around the fire - The fire perimeter is 9.5 miles - 115 boats and canoes are being used - 300 firefighters are being fed by 12 local businesses - 1.3 millions gallons of water have been dropped

Fire Facts:

Date Started: 8/06/2005     Cause: Lighting      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: 3 - a twisted ankle, a broken finger, a strained knee 

Percent Containment: 45     Estimated Containment: Unknown      Personnel: 268

Wilderness campsites closed: 18     Cost to date: $1,885,000

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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