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
Date Started: 8/06/2005 Cause:
Lighting Current Size: 1335
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