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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 18, 2005 

Fireline and hose lays are now complete on the north flank of the Alpine Lake Fire. A number of hotspots need to be mopped-up before the fire can be called contained. A thunderstorm drove some crews off the lines late Wednesday afternoon. A welcome 1.9 inches of rain was recorded at the Seagull Guard Station helping to dampen the fire. Today, crews will be busy reinforcing fire line. Even though fire activity is reduced, a lot of work still remains. After nearly two weeks of fire fighting there is equipment, including 30 miles of hose to be hauled out, and rehabilitation needs to begin.

Containment is expected by Friday, August 19th, 2005 at 6:00 PM. Some crews will begin to de-mobilize today.

On Wednesday, a fire helicopter crew spotted two people in a swamped canoe on Seagull Lake. Fire personnel were dispatched to assist them. Fire personnel were also requested to assist the sheriff's office with a search and rescue for two canoeists that were lost Wednesday; they were found Thursday morning.

Some campsites remain closed on Alpine, Seagull, and Red Rock Lakes, due to fire operations. The two portages between Alpine and Seagull Lakes are now open. Rain fell in a narrow band and some parts of the forest received as little as .02 of an inch. More rain is expected today. Fire restrictions remain in effect for the blowdown area of the Superior National Forest. Restrictions must be observed until they are officially lifted.

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

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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