October 31, 2014

Pagami Creek Fire Forces Campers Out Of Wilderness

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Picture taken by Gene Shaw, Director of Public Relations

Pagami Creek Fire Forces Campers Out Of Wilderness

September 12, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2013 at 4:00 AM CDT

Ely, MN (Norhtland's NewsCenter) --- The Pagami Creek Fire has doubled in size, forcing some campers to evacuate the area.

The fire has grown from 4,500 acres to 11,000 acres on Sunday.

Strong north winds drove the fire south toward the Isabella River. About 50 campers from the lake and river routes south of the fire, and 70 campers along the eastern front of the fire were assisted out of the area by Public Safety Crews.

Entry points near the fire were closed and campfires will only be allowed between 6:00 p.m. and midnight.

Helicopters and airplanes are being used to drop water to keep the fire south and east of the Jewish River. Containment efforts will be focused on the northern edge and southern tip of the fire.

Safety crews are posted at entry points and portages to keep visitors out of areas affected by the fire.

Most of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness remains open. The following waterways and portages are closed: Lakes One through Hudson, Fire, Bridge, Rifle, the Wilde rs, Horseshoe, Pajama, Clear water, Turtle, Cmdr, Pietro, Gull, Quads, Rice, Isabella Lake, and the Isabella River.

The southern campsites on Bald Eagle are closed. The Pow Wow Trail is closed. Campsites on the southern end of Insular Lake are also closed.

The following entry points are closed: #30 Lake One, #84 Snake River, #75 Little Isabella River, #67 Bog Lake, #86 Pow Wow Trail, #35 Isabella Lake, and #34 Island River.

Posted to the web by Alyssa Kristen


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