Five wildfires are burning in the BWCA. The Pagami Creek fire was detected on August 18 about 15 miles from Ely and believed caused by lightning. Currently authorities are using "burn out" fires in attempts to remove fuel from in front of the fire and keep it in the BWCA. It's reported that ver the weekend authorities assisted folks over the portage between Lakes One and Two because of safety concerns with heavy smoke. Four other small fires were detected on Monday(Slim Lake, North Arm, Boot Bay, and High Lake Fires). If you have plans to go up into these areas, check in advance on the fire situation.
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I Remember That Area|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-06-11 7:49 PM (EST)
I recall looking for Moose around that creek. Haven't been in that area since the '90's though. Hope the burns aren't as extensive as the ones in the Gunflint area since the blowdown!
Grand Marais & Smoke|
Posted by: bryanhansel on Sep-08-11 8:25 PM (EST)
The smoke from the fires is blowing into Grand Marais today. It's thick and you can taste it. It was so bad earlier that the fog horn was sounding.
Wow! setting off fog horn|
Posted by: PuffinGin on Sep-09-11 10:37 AM (EST)
I don't know anything about the detection mechanism which sets one off but I bet it takes quite substantial density of fog (or smoke) to do that. I could smell smoke at my house which just NE of Duluth several days last week. I didn't check wind directions at the time but I thought it might have been from fires in Ontario NW of here.
It's grown a bit...|
Posted by: jhb8426 on Sep-13-11 1:22 AM (EST)
Grown further and now outside BW|
Posted by: PuffinGin on Sep-13-11 9:45 AM (EST)
Southern Wisconsin !|
Posted by: YetiMan on Sep-13-11 7:22 PM (EST)
In Milwaukee Wi today there has been a very visible haze and scent of smoke that is being attributed to this fire. Now That's a wide area effected !
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-13-11 11:45 PM (EST)
Last year there were enough wildfires in Quebec by James Bay and the prevailing winds brought heavy smoke some 650 miles to down here. It was tough breathing and the sun did not shine through. Headlights had to come on early.
Still growing and moving|
Posted by: PuffinGin on Sep-14-11 3:30 AM (EST)
Latest reports are that over 100,000 acres are burning and it's still moving rapidly. Weather conditions unfavorable to firefighting efforts: significant winds from the north and little rain.