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 Alpine Lake Fire  8/9/05 11 a.m. 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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August 9, 2005 11:00am Alpine Lake Fire Update

The Alpine Lake fire burned actively yesterday afternoon. It is currently 690 acres. Eighteen to twenty mile per hour winds Monday afternoon caused some upslope runs into the 1976 Roy Lake burn. Fire behavior in the blowdown area was much more intense than the other areas of the fire. Fire growth was to the north and northeast.

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.

There are about 147 firefighters on the fire with 20 more ordered (another

Today firefighters will work to construct direct line to secure the SW side of the fire along Alpine Lake, in other areas they will be preparing fire breaks for a possible burn out tomorrow. These are the first steps to begin to reach containment on the fire. There is no estimate of containment at this time.

Just over .1 inches of rain were received on the fire; the light precipitation and cooler temperatures will help fire suppression efforts today and tomorrow. Another system with potential for additional rain is forecast for Thursday evening or Friday.

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 1201 am Friday. Level 2 restrictions state:
Uses of campfires or wood/charcoal burning stoves are not allowed in the restricted area.
Exception: Campfires will be allowed, any time of day, at Trails End, Iron Lake, East Bearskin and Flour Lake developed campgrounds, ONLY in fire grates.
Campfire restrictions apply to PowWow and Eagle Mt./ Brule Trails
The Kekekabic Trail, east of Disappointment Lake, and the Border Route Trail (with associated connector trails) will be closed to all use.
Use of gas or propane cook stoves will be allowed anywhere in the restricted area at any time of the day.

Alpine Lake Fire Archive: Related Links:
8/10/05 Alpine Fire Map (PDF) Smoke Monitoring
8/9/05 Midnight Wildfire Information Center



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