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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.

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The fire, which is speculated to have been started by lightning has grown to over 485 acres Monday, but is several miles from resorts and cabins.  No campers were evacuated, but the portage between Sea Gull Lake and Alpine Lake has been closed.  Bruce Kerfoot of Gunflint Lodge explains  "All recreation continued-canoe parties and fishing people, on Seagull and Saganaga. No one was evacuated. All canoe parties can still use their permits and travel as planned. The fire burned from the Seagull/Alpine portage along the north side of Seagull. That location did not endanger any campers or paddlers as
there are very few campsites along the north shore of Seagull. The one point of concern however is that if the winds come up and the fire starts to spread again there is only about 2 miles of land between the present fire and the developed area around the campground and up the Sag corridor." 

While still spreading, the wind has been cooperative, keeping the fire from expanding towards the Gunflint Trail.  Fire fighters are assembling, from as far away as West Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri.  Four crews of twenty have been blazing fire lines and soaking the perimeter, while planes dropped up to 1,400 gallons every 2 - minutes during daylight hours.  On Sunday August 7, the CL-215's made a total of 193 drops on the fire. That is over one quarter of a million gallons of water in one day.  An additional twenty fire fighters are expected.  "The Gunflint Trail fire department was completely mobilized ... and positioned all their trucks and equipment up around Seagull, Gull Lake and the Sag corridor. The department members went around and started everyone's sprinkler system up in that area to be sure everything was working properly."

No estimate of containment has been set.  A public information meeting will be held today at 1:00 at Blankenburg Landing, Seagull Lake.


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