Two Fires Burning in the BWCA

By KBJR News 1

Two Fires Burning in the BWCA

August 27, 2013 Updated Aug 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM CDT

Ely, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Two fires are burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, however officials say they are affecting a very small portion of the wilderness area.

The Knife Lake Fire is currently burning between 15 and 20 acres north of the South Arm of Knife and south of Amoeber Lake. 16 fire fighters are in place today. The Forest Service Beaver floatplanes will be shuttling crews and assisting with suppression.

Crews say the area did not receive a substantial amount of rain from last night's storms. Campsites and portages on the South Arm of Knife Lake will be closed, however all BWCAW entry points remain open.

An un-named fire near the Sedative lake, north of Ima is currently burning a single tree. Staff will be on site today.

Both BWCAW fires are under full suppression. Officials ask that visitors give aircraft landing on lakes a wide berth for their own safety and the safety of fire fighters.

Crews have been able to control a quarter acre fire near Disappointment Lake that was discovered over the weekend.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns