Ely, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) The burn out of the Pagami Creek Fire was completed yesterday, allowing crews to contain the fire today.
Fire crews will now focus on securing the fire line and identifying hazards that could make their work more dangerous. Incident Commander for the Pagami Creek Fire Greg Peterson says that fire fighters will focus their work on the mop-up and monitoring phase.
Ely area residents and visitors should expect to see and smell smoke from both the Pagami Creek Fire and several small fires that were detected in the past few days. Paddlers in the Lakes One and Two area may continue to see aircraft and hear pumps running as the burn out operation transitions into mop up and monitoring.
Paddlers are asked to maintain a safe distance from the shores affected by the fire. Trees with root systems damaged by the fire might fall at any time.
Everyone is encouraged to remember that this area is particularly dry and to be careful with fire.
Public Safety crews will be on the lakes to talk with paddlers and escort them to safer locations.
Written to the web by Krista Burns