Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The U.S. Forest Service is reporting five fires that are currently burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The fires include:
- A 75 acre fire near Parley Lake in the BWCA that was discovered on Wednesday. Aircrafts are dumping water buckets on the fire and a ground crew is on the scene to stop the spread of the flames. Fire crews have closed off campsites on Sunday and Saturday Bays of Crooked Lake, the Beartrap River, and Zones 1, 2 and 5 of the Sundial Primitive Management area.
- A 2.5 acre fire near Hoist Bay that was discovered on Wednesday. Helicopters and CL215's have dropped water on the fire. Fire crews have closed off Four mile portage, Ella Hall, Muskeg, Slumber, and Mud Lakes (out of Fall Lake) plus Back Bay and Hoist Bay of Basswood. Additional portage closures include Pipestone to Back Bay, Back Bay toward Half Dog Island/Basswood, and from Hoist Bay to Good Lake. Public Safety crews are notifying visitors in the area.
- The Fort Frances Fire (also known as the Norway Point Fire) remains on the Canadian side of the border and is being monitored by Quetico and U.S. personnel.
- A 300 acre fire between Knife and Emerald Lake (that is being called the Fort Frances Fire #59) is also very active. The fire is on the Canadian side of the border, but is being monitored by both Quetico and U.S. officials. This fire has closed down Knife Lake to the end of Ottertrack Lake, South Arm of Knife Lake, Little Knife Lake, Amoeber Lake, Topaz Lake, Cherry Lake, Hanson Lake, Lunar Lake, Lake of the Clouds, Rivalry Lake, Gijikiki Lake, Ester Lake, Ottertrack Lake, Rabbit Lake, Ashdick Lake. This includes area from the US/Canadian border heading south along the section lines of T 65 N, R 7 W, sections 21 and 28, including all campsites on islands and peninsula on adjacent lands, the following lakes, portages, and campsites.
- A one quarter acre fire near Peterson Lake is also being monitored and crews are dumping water on the flames.
About 30 fire personnel are working to control the flames on these fires.
On Wednesday, the Cummings Lake Fire was declared controlled, however officials warn that even though the fire line is holding, the flames will not be extinguished without a significant rain or snowfall.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns