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 Alpine Lake Fire, August 8th 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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Alpine Fire Update (2005-08-08) Alpine Lake Fire Update

The Alpine Lake fire was flown with GPS this morning and is 485 acres.

Firefighting objectives continue to be: Firefighter safety Visitor safety Protection of the 70+ facilities near Seagull, Gull and the Saganaga Corridor Minimum Impact Suppression Tools will be used (these are light on the land tactics including, using natural barriers, hose lays to make wet line, and geographic barriers) The Unified Command between the MN Incident Command System and the Cook County Sheriff is working great.

On Sunday, August 7, the three CL-215s made a total of 193 drops on the fire. That is over a quarter of a million gallons of water in one day.

Approximately 16 campsites on five lakes have been closed; they include sites on Grandpa, Seagull, Saganaga, Alpine and Red Rock. The portage between Alpine and Seagull lakes is also closed. Fire restrictions in the Blowdown area are being planned for the end of the week.

There are about 80 firefighters on the fire with 20 more firefighters in route.

The changing winds on the fire are a concern today, high winds are also in this afternoon’s forecast.

There will be a public information meeting on Tuesday, August 9 at 1:00pm at Blankenburg Landing.

There is no estimate of containment at this time.


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