Island fire continues to smolder following July lightning strike

By KBJR News 1

Island fire continues to smolder following July lightning strike

August 26, 2014 Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM CDT

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The National Park Service is allowing a small fire, caused by lightning, to continue burning on York Island, a part of the Apostle Islands.

Visors notified Apostle Island National Lakeshore staff about a fire burning on the west end of the 321 acre island last Thursday.

Flames or smoke weren't visible from the lake, but rangers tracked the smell of wood smoke to an area less than 0.1 acre in size near the island's northwest edge.

A lightning strike ignited the fire during a storm in late July.

Rainy conditions and high humidity have limited the fire's growth to this point. If conditions change, and the fire begins to spread more rapidly, a plan is in place to limit the spread of the fire and protect York Island's valuable resources.

The island remains open to public use.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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