Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A “burn out” is one of many tools fire managers may use to contain all or part of a fire.
The goal of the burn out for the Pagami Creek Fire is to reduce fuels between the fire and Lakes One and Two.
Reducing fuels in this area will decrease the potential for the fire to spread outside the Wilderness boundary and threaten private properties along the Fernberg corridor or impact the heavily-used Lake One and Lake Two area.
Fire crews have been preparing for the burn by building saw lines and hose lays around the portion of the fire north of Pagami Creek.
Portable sprinkler systems have been put up along the portages between Lake One and Lake Two.
Public Safety crews have been contacting visitors to share information about the fire and the planned burn out.
Visitors to the BWCAW area should be aware that they will likely see and smell smoke tomorrow.
People with a history of cardiac or respiratory challenges should be aware that the smoke may be heavy at times and can be present for several days in the fire area.
Visitors should also expect to hear pumps running as part of the sprinkler systems used to dampen fuels along the portages.
Aircraft will play an integral role in the operation and will be heard and seen in the fire area.
For visitor safety, the two portages between Lake One and Lake Two will be closed for a period of time during the burn out.
If visitors have travel plans including Lakes One and Two they are most likely to avoid delays if they cross the portages prior to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. The portages will be reopened as quickly as possible.
Public safety crews will be on site to escort paddlers. Visitors are being asked to follow the instructions of Public Safety crews to ensure their own safety as well as that of the firefighters.
Weather conditions are expected to enter a drying pattern for the near future.
Despite recent showers and cooler temperatures fire danger is still high. Visitors are asked to be focused on fire safety.
Additional fire information is available at www.inciweb.org/incident/2534 or by calling 218-365-3177.