Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Fire crews now have the Cummings Lake fire 60% contained with a new crew from Oregon on their way into fight the blaze.
The Cummings fire did not expand over night, staying at 50 acres as fire crews continue to battle the flames.
However, the Forest Service has issued a restriction on campfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Starting Thursday, September 6th, visitors to the BWCA will only be allowed to burn a campfire from 7pm to midnight.
Fire crews are continuing suppression efforts on multiple other fires currently burning in the BWCA. Gas and propane stoves are permitted anytime.
The Wooden Leg Fire, which is burning about a fourth of an acre, has forced the closure of Ensign Lake and nearby lakes including Vera, Trident, Frog, Splash, , Spigot, Perdu, Trader, Shallow, Arkose, Explorer, Bedford, Wooden Leg, Grub, Ashigan, Missionary, Boot, Haven, Abinodji, Swing, and Gibson. The Snowbank Hiking Trail from Boot Lake west to the Trailhead is also closed. Sucker Lake has a few campsites closed near the Splash portage. Public Safety crews continue to sweep and will be posting portages leading to that area.
Sucker Lake will have a few campsites closed near the Splash portage.
The Snowbank Hiking Trail from Boot Lake west to the Trailhead is also being closed.
Fire crews say that it is unsafe to send fire crews on the ground to fight this fire because the flames are close to a blowdown area with a heavy balsam regrowth.
Other fires that are being suppressed in the BWCA include:
• Saturday Bay Fire, Crooked Lake which is burning ¼ acres
• Thunder Fire which is burning ¼ acres,
• Spring Creek Fire which is burning ¼ acres
• Beartrap Fire which is burning ¼ acres
• Hawk’s Nest Fire in the Superior National Forest with is burning ¼ acres
The ongoing Fort Frances Fire on the Canadian side of the border is burning about 40 acres and continues to creep north, further into Canada. Fire crews are continuing their suppression efforts of that fire as well.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns