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 Alpine Lake Fire, August 7th 2005 Update 



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.

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Fire Information August 7, 2005 11:00

Alpine Lake Fire

The fire is currently 478 acres. It is located on the Gunflint Ranger District of the Superior National Forest in a portion of the Blowdown Area that was not severely affected by the 1999 storm. It is burning within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness between Alpine and Seagull Lakes. The fuel types include mixed hardwoods and lowland. The portage from Seagull to Alpine is closed. Use Seagull - Rog as an alternate route. The lightly used canoe route Seagull-Grandpa-Roy-Saganaga is closed. No archeological sites are threatened. There are no evacuations at this time.

A Minnesota Type 2 Management Team took control of the incident at 7:00 am on August 7, 2005. The major emphasis of the team is to protect private property, allow for continued use in the Wilderness Area and minimize damage to the natural resource.

Four (4) 20 person Type 2 firefighter teams have been ordered. Today?s emphasis will be on air operations including use of CL-215 water scooping aircraft.

Cooperating Agencies include: Cook County Sheriff Office Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department US Fish and Wildlife Service Bureau of Indian Affairs U.S. Forest Service National Park Service Minnesota Department of Public Safety

The Cook County Sheriff and the Forest Service have the Unified Command process in place. Public Safety is the #1 objective.

There is no estimate of containment at this time.


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