Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

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Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

Postby PaddlerJimmy » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:10 pm

Star Tribune 9/10/11

ELY, Minn. - A forest fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely has more than doubled in size since Sunday.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jean Bergerson said Monday the Pagami Creek fire has grown to 11,000 acres, from 4,500 acres on Sunday. Bergerson says about 70 hikers and canoeists have been moved from Lakes Two through Hudson and the Isabella River. Several waterways, entry points and portages in that area have been closed, including the popular Lake One and Isabella Lake entry points.

Bergerson says a crew of 20 firefighters paddled into the fire area Sunday night. She says helicopters and small planes were used to dump water on the fire Sunday.

The Forest Service says the fire was initially detected Aug. 18 and was sparked by lightning. The wilderness area includes more than 1 million acres within the Superior National Forest.

Meanwhile,the Department of Natural Resources is placing temporary burning restrictions on much of northern Minnesota because of fire danger.

Monday's forecast calls for warm conditions with low humidity and moderate winds throughout most of Minnesota. While a cold front is expected to move in and lower temperatures, the DNR says winds are likely to increase and keep fire danger high.

The restrictions mean the state will not give out permits for burning brush or yard waste until conditions improve.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire

Postby finnbay » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:39 pm

Here's some shots from the last couple of days.

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Re: Pagami Creek Fire

Postby bwca » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:02 am

PAGAMI CREEK FIRE UPDATE

September 12, 2011

Contact: Fire Information 218-365-3177

TODAY'S MESSAGE: Yesterday, strong north winds drove a point of the Pagami Creek Fire south toward the Isabella River. Approximately 50 campers from the river and lake routes south of the fire and 70 campers along the eastern front of the fire were assisted out of the wilderness by Public Safety Crews. Entry points near the fire were closed and campers with reservations were given the option to reserve a new permit with available quota from other entry points. Wilderness wide campfire restrictions were enacted. Campfires will be allowed only between 6:00 p.m. and midnight until further notice.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

Public Safety crews are posted at portages and entry points to keep visitors clear of areas threatened by fire as well as those areas that may fill with dense smoke.

Airplanes and helicopters are being used to drop water, keeping the fire within the wilderness and south and east of the Kawishiwi River.

Crews will focus containment efforts on the northern edge and southern tip of the fire.

CLOSURES: Most of the BWCAW remains safe and open to visitors. To insure public safety the following waterways and portages are closed: Lakes One through Hudson, Fire, Bridge, Rifle, the Wilders, Horseshoe, Pagami, Clearwater, Turtle, Camdre, Pietro, Gull, Quadga, Rice, Isabella Lake, and the Isabella River. The southern campsites on Bald Eagle are closed. The Pow Wow Trail is closed. The following entry points are closed: #30 Lake One, #84 Snake River, #75 Little Isabella River, #67 Bog Lake, #86 Pow Wow Trail, #35 Isabella Lake, and #34 Island River. Today, campsites on the southern end of Insula Lake will be added to the closures. Sites, routes and portages will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

SAFETY: Public Safety crews will be working with campers in nearby lakes including Insula to advise them of safe travel routes. Campfire restrictions are in place. In the entire BWCAW campfires are allowed only between 6 p.m. and midnight. Be sure that campfires are doused thoroughly until cold to the touch.

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 11,000 acres acreage is expected to increase today due to weather conditions.

LOCATION: Township 63 N, Range 9 W, Sections 30, 31, 32: approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One.

AGENCY: Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District

SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke may be heavy and wide spread depending on wind direction.

RESOURCES: A 20 person Minnesota Incident Command System crew of firefighters arrived last night. Another crew is on order. Yesterday, we received assistance from a Canadian air tanker. A helicopter and a CL-215 air tanker are at the Ely tanker base.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire

Postby bwca » Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:46 pm

Pagami Creek Fire

September 13, 2011

Contact: Fire Information 218-365-3177

TODAY'S MESSAGE: Yesterday, a finger of the Pagami Creek Fire made an unprecedented 16 mile run to the east, reaching the edge of Polly Lake. The fire became a plume-driven event and reached in excess of 60,000 acres. The fire is now under Unified Command with Lake County Sheriff's Office as full partners of management of this fire. Residents were evacuated from 36 addresses along the portion of the Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 from Kawishiwi Lake south to the Wanless Road (Forest Road 172) and along the Wanless Road west from the junction with the Cramer Road to Homestead Lake. Public Safety crews continue to range the wilderness, moving visitors out of areas where they may be at risk. A town meeting held in Isabella was attended by about 100 concerned residents. Winds are expected to be strong and out of the northwest and west again today with little or no precipitation expected.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

Hand crews on the north side of the fire will be patrolling lines and monitoring for any fire spread

Airplanes and helicopters are being used to drop water to slow the spread of the fire.

Areas around the fire within the BWCAW are being assessed to plan for visitor evacuation and closure.

A Community Meeting will be held at the Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota tonight, September 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Daily public meetings will be held in Isabella Community Center at 11:00 a.m.

A Joint Information Center has been set up in the Kawishiwi Ranger District Office for answering both Superior National Forest and Lake County questions.

BWCAW CLOSURES: Closures will be added soon. A complete list will be sent out soon.

ROAD CLOSURES: All roads north of the following route are closed: Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella; Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Lake County Road 7; Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354; FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake. Highway 1 is still open. Road blocks staffed within Lake County will be at the intersections of Wanless and Cramer, Highway 1 and Wanless, Hwy 1 and Tomahawk Trail. Road blocks within Cook County will be Hwy 3 just west of Sawbill Road. Additional closures may occur.

SAFETY: The Superior National Forest and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are enacting additional fire restrictions for areas outside the BWCAW. Go to the MNICS.org and the Superior National Forest websites for further information.

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011 CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: in excess of 60,000 acres

LOCATION: Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One.

AGENCY: Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District

SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke may be heavy and wide spread depending on wind direction.

RESOURCES: Nearly 200 personnel are assigned to the fire.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire

Postby finnbay » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:31 pm

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Re: Pagami Creek Fire

Postby bwca » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:13 am

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Pagami Creek Reaches 100,000 Acres

Postby bwca » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:17 pm

Pagami Creek Fire Update for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Contact: Fire Information 218-365-3177

TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire continues under Unified Command of Lake County, MNICS, and the Superior National Forest. Acreage increased yesterday due in large part to improved mapping of the fire perimeter as the smoke cleared. The fire did push farther south, exiting the southern Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) boundary about one mile in a wavering line. Despite gusting winds, there was limited fire growth due to lower temperatures and higher humidity. Crews were very effective in continuing to hold the northwest corner of the fire. Areas around the fire were assessed and additional BWCAW and road closures were enacted. The National Guard is sending four Blackhawk helicopters and Manitoba is sending two water bombers and an air attack plane. Approximately 170 people attended a community meeting in Ely yesterday evening. About 40 people attended a meeting in Grand Marais yesterday evening.

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CL-215s scooping water at Snowbank Lake
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ACTIVITIES TODAY:

Containment efforts have begun with heavy equipment outside the wilderness along the southern perimeter. Crews will be patrolling lines and monitoring for any hot spots.

Airplanes and helicopters are being used to drop water to slow the spread of the fire.

Community Meetings will be held at the Poplar Lake Fire Hall on the Gunflint Trail at 11:00 a.m. and at the Isabella Community Center at 11:00 a.m., today, September 14, 2011.

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Pagami Creek Fire burning along lake shore
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BWCAW CLOSURES: All entry points are closed except for: entry points along the Echo Trail (including Mudro); #25 Moose Lake (travel allowed only up the chain and to the west); #26 Wood Lake; #24 Fall Lake; the whole Trout Lake section (separate section south of the Echo Trail); #42 Brule ONLY; #54A Seagull ONLY; #55A Saganaga ONLY; and the Vento section (small separate section northeast of the Gunflint Trail). (http://closures.pagamicreek.com)


ROAD CLOSURES: All roads north of the following route are closed: Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella; Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Cramer/Lake County Road 7; Cramer/Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354; FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake. Highway 1 is still open. The Wanless Road is closed. Road blocks staffed within Lake County will be at the intersections of Wanless and Cramer, Highway 1 and Wanless, Hwy 1 and Tomahawk Trail. Road blocks within Cook County will be Hwy 3 just west of Sawbill Road. Additional closures may occur.

SAFETY: The Superior National Forest and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are enacting additional fire restrictions for areas outside the BWCAW. Go to the http://www.inciweb.org/, MNICS.org and the Superior National Forest websites for further information.

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: 100,000 acres

LOCATION: Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One.

AGENCY: Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District

SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke may be heavy and wide-spread depending on wind direction.

RESOURCES: 230 personnel are assigned to the fire.
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Postby twomanydogs » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:07 pm

Thanks for the updates. The photos are AMAZING!

Snowing on the Gunflint Trail today, we hope the moisture is reaching the fire....
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Postby bwca » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:58 am

Pagami Creek Fire Update for Thursday, Sept 15, 2011


Contact: Fire Information 218-365-3177 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.


TODAY'S MESSAGE: Management of the Pagami Creek Fire has transitioned to Doug Turman's Type 1 Team from the Northern Rockies. The fire is under the Unified Command of Lake County and Cook County Sheriff's Offices and the Superior National Forest. Cooler temperatures and a small amount of rain moderated fire behavior yesterday. Moderated fire behavior is expected again today. Direct attack began on the southern perimeter of the fire outside the wilderness. On the northwest corner, hose lays were extended and sprinkler systems were installed on portages.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

· Air resources will be active today, transporting crews, supplies as well as holding and reinforcing with the line.

· Heavy equipment including bulldozers, engines, and tankers along with fire fighters will be building line and attacking spot fires.

· A Community Meeting will be held daily at 11:00 a.m. at the Isabella Community Center until further notice.

· In-coming crews will receive watercraft safety training and other orientation.

BWCAW CLOSURES: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) closures remain the same. All entry points are closed except: entry points along the Echo Trail (including Mudro); #25 Moose Lake (travel allowed only up the chain and to the west); #26 Wood Lake; #24 Fall Lake; the whole Trout Lake section (separate section south of the Echo Trail); #42 Brule ONLY; #54A Seagull ONLY; #55A Saganaga ONLY; and the Vento section (small separate section northeast of the Gunflint Trail).


ROAD CLOSURES: Road closures remain the same. Note: Highway 1 is still open.

Closed roads include:

· All roads north of Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella;

· Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Cramer/Lake County Road 7;

· Cramer/Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354;

· FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake.

· The Wanless Road is closed.

· Staffed road blocks within Lake County will be at:

·o the intersections of Wanless and Cramer,

·o Highway 1 and Wanless,

·o Hwy 1 and Tomahawk Trail.

· The road block within Cook County will be Hwy 3 just west of Sawbill Road.

· Additional closures may occur.

SAFETY: The Superior National Forest and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are enacting additional fire restrictions for areas outside the BWCAW. Go to MNICS.org and the Superior National Forest websites for further information.

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011

CAUSE: Lightning


CURRENT SIZE: 100,000 acres


LOCATION: The fire started at Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness [BWCAW]) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One. The Fire perimeter from the north is Lake One, Lake Two, Lake Four, Lake Insula. The perimeter from the east is the southern edge of Lake Polly and east of Kawasachong Lake, the northwest and southern shore of square Lake, the west shore of Perent Lake, and the northwest shore of Silver Island Lake where it exited the BWCAW. The southern perimeter crosses the intersection of Island River Road and Lake Twenty Nine Road, Twenty Nine Lake, and the Isabella River to just inside the BWCAW at Bog Lake.


AGENCIES: Lake County Sheriff's Office, Cook County Sheriff's Office, and Superior National Forest


SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke may be heavy and wide-spread depending on wind direction.


RESOURCES: 325 personnel are assigned to the fire. Additional crews arrived last night and more are coming in today. Crews are here from Minnesota, New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and California.
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Postby finnbay » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:56 pm

A Photoshop Tribute to the firefighters of the Pagami Creek firefighters:

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And that has made all the difference.

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Postby satchmoa » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:45 pm

Nice Ken.... Just sorry to see all the distruction even if it is a part of nature.
I would rather be upside down in my canoe than right side up at my desk
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire (PagamiCreekFire.com)

Postby PaddlerJimmy » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:40 am

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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:32 pm

Fire Information
9/16/2011

Ron Sanow, 218-820-3141
Today: Both districts are in heightened wildfire staffing mode to respond to new starts and to continue monitoring and suppression activities on existing fires in this area. The Gunflint District staffing plan includes five engines and the Tofte district has four engines staffed. Four of these nine engines are from outside of the local districts. Weather Today: Mostly sunny with maximum temp’s in the 54-59 range. Humidity will be lower today reaching 25 to 30 percent. Winds are expected to be south to southwest increasing to 9-14 miles per hour with gusts to 20 miles per hour. No precipitation is expected. Fuels will continue to dry today with fire slowly becoming more active as the day progresses.
Local Air Resources: Two detection flights are scheduled for this afternoon. A light initial attack helicopter is stationed in Grand Marais with an additional medium arriving late today. Two CL-215 initial attack water scoopers are stationed in Hibbing. Two Blackhawk National Guard helicopters equipped with 660 gallon buckets, assigned to the Pagami Creek Fire, are available for initial attack off of the fire.


Fire Restrictions: Open fire has further been restricted all Superior National Forest lands and all state and Private lands within the administrative boundaries of the Superior National Forest within Cook, Lake, and St Louis Counties.

As of 12:01 am Friday, September 16, 2011 no cooking or recreational fires are allowed except pressurized liquid gas stoves on all lands within the administrative boundaries of the Superior National Forest. On these same lands possession or use of fireworks is prohibited and no open burning permits are allowed. Charcoal fires are allowed only in a grill or other receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence. Charcoal fires are allowed only in a grill or other receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence.

For the areas of Cook, Lake, and northern St Louis counties, not within the Superior National Forest, and for Koochiching and Itasca counties camp fires or recreational fires are allowed only in a designated fire receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence, dwelling, campground, or resort. No open burning permits will be issued to the general public in this area also.

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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:37 pm

Pagami Creek Fire Update
Friday, September 16, 2011

TODAY'S MESSAGE: Doug Turman's Northern Rockies Type 1 National Incident Management Team assumed management of the Pagami Creek Fire yesterday. The fire is still under the unified command of the Lake and Cook County sheriff's offices and the Superior National Forest. Moderated fire behavior continued yesterday with the cooler temperatures, higher humidities, and lighter winds. Operations personnel made significant progress on both the northern and southern perimeters. Firefighters attacked the northwestern corner and pushed east along the northern perimeter. On the western flank, a crew began constructing line starting at Clearwater Lake and working toward the northwest. Sprinkler systems were installed on two portages. The southern divisions mopped up a small spot fire south of Bog Lake. Outside the wilderness, bulldozers were used to clear line and engine crews supported hand crews. A large spike camp has been established near Isabella. Additional fire restrictions go into effect today (see below).

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ACTIVITIES TODAY:

· Continue to provide for the safety of the public and firefighters.

· Extend hose lays further east along the northern perimeter.

· Continue to construct line along the southern perimeter outside the wilderness before attacking the flanks within the wilderness.

· Complete water-safety training and other orientation with newly arrived crews.

· Host a community meeting at the Isabella Community Center at 11:00 a.m.

· Staff a Joint Information Center from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kawishiwi Ranger District Office in Ely.

BWCAW CLOSURES: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) closures remain the same. The following entry points are open: entry points along the Echo Trail (including Mudro); #25 Moose Lake (travel allowed only up the chain and to the west); #26 Wood Lake; #24 Fall Lake; the whole Trout Lake section (separate section south of the Echo Trail); #42 Brule ONLY; #54A Seagull ONLY; #55A Saganaga ONLY; and the small separate section northeast of the Gunflint Trail from #58 South Lake on the west to #70 North Fowl on the east.


ROAD CLOSURES: Road closures remain the same. Highway 1 is still open. Closed roads include

· All roads north of Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella

· Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7

· Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354

· FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake

· Wanless Road (FR172)

Staffed road blocks within Lake County will be at

· intersection of Wanless and Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7

· Highway 1 and Wanless Road

· Highway 1 and Tomahawk Trail

The road block within Cook County will be Highway 3 just west of Sawbill Road. Additional closures may occur.
http://closures.pagamicreek.com


SAFETY: As of today, September 16, building, maintaining, or using a fire or campfire, including charcoal fires, wood-burning campstoves, and charcoal grills, is prohibited anywhere on national forest lands within the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed. http://restrictions.pagamicreek.com

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011

CAUSE: Lightning


CURRENT SIZE: 100,000 acres


LOCATION: The fire started at Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the BWCAW) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One. The fire perimeter from the north is Lake One, Lake Two, Lake Four, and Lake Insula. The perimeter on the east is the southern edge of Lake Polly and east of Kawasachong Lake, the northwest and southern shores of Square Lake, the western shore of Perent Lake, and the northwestern shore of Silver Island Lake, where the fire exited the BWCAW. The southern perimeter crosses the intersection of Island River Road and Lake Twenty-Nine Road, Twenty-Nine Lake, and the Isabella River to just inside the BWCAW at Bog Lake.


AGENCIES: Lake County Sheriff's Office, Cook County Sheriff's Office, and Superior National Forest


SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke may be heavy and widespread depending on wind direction and speed.


RESOURCES: One hundred firefighters from Arizona were added yesterday, bringing personnel up to 436. Five Type 1 crews and eight Type 2 crews are on the incident. Seven helicopters, including four National Guard Black Hawks, are assigned to the incident. Eight fixed-wing aircraft are assigned, including three float planes, two air tankers, and three air-attack planes.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:58 am

Pagami Creek Fire Update
9/17/2011


Containment is at 8% for the Pagami Creek Fire

TODAY'S MESSAGE: The incident commander announced Friday evening that the fire is 8% contained. Also, fire managers were able to more accurately map the fire's perimeter on Friday and decreased the acreage from an estimated 100,000 acres to a more precise 93,472 acres. Minnesota's Governor Dayton, U.S. Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and Representative Cravaak toured the fire area on Friday morning.

The fire remains under unified command with Cook and Lake Counties. Lake County Commissioners, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team (IMT), and Aultman's Type 2 IMT (based in Cook County) began a coordinated effort to develop an integrated evacuation and structure-protection plan for the southeastern portion of the fire area. An Ontario liaison arrived and will remain on the incident.

Despite warmer temperatures, drier air, and slightly stronger winds on Friday, the fire primarily crept and smoldered along the ground. The fire will be more active today than it was yesterday, especially on the northern edge, because of increased southerly winds, stronger gusts, and very dry fuels. Most crews and air resources will be working on the northern and southern sides of the fire. As always, firefighter and public safety is the top priority.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

Continue to monitor the 8% containment line.

Continue to construct and extend direct fire lines with saws, brush cutters, and dozers and lay fire hose on the fire's perimeter.

Be on the alert for spot fires, and use fire crews to direct air resources to drop water where needed.

Host a community meeting at the Isabella Community Center at 11:00 a.m.

BWCAW CLOSURES: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) closures remain the same. The following entry points are open: entry points along the Echo Trail (including Mudro); #25 Moose Lake (travel allowed only up the chain and to the west); #26 Wood Lake; #24 Fall Lake; the whole Trout Lake section (separate section south of the Echo Trail); #42 Brule ONLY; #54A Seagull ONLY; #55A Saganaga ONLY; and the small separate section northeast of the Gunflint Trail from #58 South Lake on the west to #70 North Fowl on the east.

ROAD CLOSURES: Highway 1 is still open. Closed roads include · All roads north of Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella · Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 · Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354 · FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake · Wanless Road (FR172) ROAD

CLOSURES CONTINUED: In Lake County, staffed road blocks will be at the intersections of · the Wanless and Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 · Highway 1 and the Wanless Road · Highway 1 and the Tomahawk Trail In Cook County, a staffed road block is at the intersection of the Sawbill Trail and Four-Mile Grade so Cook County Road 3 north of that intersection is closed. Additional closures may occur. SAFETY: Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority. Forest-wide fire restrictions remain: building, maintaining, or using a fire or campfire, including charcoal fires, wood-burning camp stoves, and charcoal grills, is prohibited on all lands (federal, state, local government, and private) within the administrative boundaries of the Superior National Forest. Charcoal grills are allowed at private residences. Use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed. With increased traffic due to the fire and grouse-season starting today, all drivers-the public and fire personnel-should be alert and drive safely.

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011 CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT SIZE: 93,472 acres LOCATION: The fire started at Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the BWCAW) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One. The fire perimeter from the north is Lake One, Lake Two, Lake Four, and Lake Insula. The perimeter on the east is the southern edge of Lake Polly and east of Kawasachong Lake, the northwest and southern shores of Square Lake, the western shore of Perent Lake, and the northwestern shore of Silver Island Lake, where the fire exited the BWCAW. The southern perimeter crosses the intersection of Island River Road and Lake Twenty-Nine Road, Twenty-Nine Lake, and the Isabella River to just inside the BWCAW at Bog Lake.

AGENCIES: Lake County Sheriff's Office, Cook County Sheriff's Office, and Superior National Forest

SMOKE CONDITIONS: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and incident personnel are monitoring smoke conditions. Visit the following website for more information: pca.state.mn.us

RESOURCES: There are 510 people assigned to the fire. Five Type 1 crews and eight Type 2 crews are on the incident. Seven helicopters, including four National Guard Black Hawks, are assigned to the incident. Eight fixed-wing aircraft are assigned, including three float planes, two air tankers, and three air-attack planes.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:10 pm

Pagami Creek Fire Info September 18, 2011

CONTACT: Fire Information 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

TODAY’S MESSAGE: The fire is now 11% contained. The size increased slightly on Saturday from 93,472 acres to 93,898 acres. Crews completed structure protection on 30 structures on the south side of the fire. Air resources were used to their maximum capacity yesterday. Four helicopters flew a total of 25 hours dropping water on the fire perimeter, especially on the southern portion. Scoopers (CL-215s) also dropped a lot of water on the fire yesterday, focusing on the northern and eastern perimeter. Ground crews were equally busy, fighting the fire directly by continuing to construct fire line with saws and dozers and to lay hose. Crews deployed over 5,600 feet of hose on the southern perimeter alone. Today, a logistics crew is setting up a spike camp near Isabella, which will provide hot meals, showers, toilets, and camping space to more than 250 firefighters, engines, and camp personnel. Today’s humidities over 40% and the expected moisture will result in a creeping, smoldering fire across the entire fire area. The fire remains under unified command with Cook and Lake Counties.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

•Host a community meeting at the Northern Tier Boy Scout Camp east of Ely off the Fernberg Trail (14798 Moose Lake Road) at 2:00 p.m.
•Host a community meeting at the Isabella Community Center at 11:00 a.m.
•Continue to monitor the 11% containment line.
•Continue to patrol and monitor for spots; construct direct line with hand tools, saws, and dozers; and mop up.

WEATHER: Winds early today will come from the south and southeast at 8–10 mph. By late morning the winds will come from the south and increase to 10–14 mph and gust at 18–23 mph. Scattered showers are expected throughout the day, providing a tenth of an inch or less of rain. Today’s high will be around 57 degrees and humidities will stay above 45% in the afternoon. The Haines Index is 3, which is very low. Over the next couple days, the winds will be affecting the fire from different directions: Monday’s winds will come from the northwest and then the west (10–15 mph, gusts to 20 mph), and Tuesday’s winds will be from the southwest and then the northwest (10–15 mph, gusts to 20 mph).

BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS (BWCAW): The following entry points are OPEN: entry points along the Echo Trail (including Mudro); #25 Moose Lake (travel allowed only up the chain and to the west); #26 Wood Lake; #24 Fall Lake; the entire Trout Lake section (separate section south of the Echo Trail); #42 Brule ONLY; #54A Seagull ONLY; #55A Saganaga ONLY; and the small separate section northeast of the Gunflint Trail from #58 South Lake on the west to #70 North Fowl on the east. All other entry points in the BWCAW are closed.

ROAD CLOSURES: Highway 1 is still open. Closed roads include all roads north of Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella; Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7; Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354; FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake; and the Wanless Road (FR172).

In Lake County, road blocks are at the intersections of Highway 1 and the Tomahawk Trail; Highway 1 and Deep Lake Road; Highway 1 and Bandana Road; Highway 1 and Mitawan Lake Road; Highway 1 and Arrowhead Road; Highway 1 and Wanless Road; Wanless Road and Manitou Junction; Wanless Road and Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7; Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 and Hoist Creek Road; and Highway 1 and East Grade Road.

In Cook County, a road block is at the intersection of Sawbill Trail and Four-Mile Grade (Cook County Road 3 north of that intersection is closed). Four-Mile Grade is closed between FR 339 and FR 340.

Additional closures may occur.

SAFETY: Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority. No injuries, accidents, or swamped canoes have been reported. Forest-wide fire restrictions remain: building, maintaining, or using a fire or campfire, including charcoal fires, wood-burning camp stoves, and charcoal grills, is prohibited on all lands (federal, state, local government, and private) within the administrative boundaries of the Superior National Forest. Charcoal grills are allowed at private residences. Use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed. With increased traffic due to the fire and grouse-season, all drivers—the public and fire personnel—should be alert and drive safely. Because the area’s soils and the root-systems of trees are shallow, fire can burn and weaken the roots but leave trees standing. The stability of the burned standing trees is deceptive, and they can fall over easily in windy, gusty conditions.

DATE OF DETECTION: August 18, 2011

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: 93,898 acres

LOCATION: The fire started at Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the BWCAW) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One. The fire perimeter from the north is Lake One, Lake Two, Lake Four, and Lake Insula. The perimeter on the east is the southern edge of Lake Polly and east of Kawasachong Lake, the northwest and southern shores of Square Lake, the western shore of Perent Lake, and the northwestern shore of Silver Island Lake, where the fire exited the BWCAW. The southern perimeter crosses the intersection of Island River Road and Lake Twenty-Nine Road, Twenty-Nine Lake, and the Isabella River to just inside the BWCAW at Bog Lake.

AGENCIES: Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and Superior National Forest

SMOKE CONDITIONS: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and incident personnel are monitoring smoke conditions. Visit the following website for more information: pca.state.mn.us

RESOURCES: There are 565 people assigned to the fire, which includes five Type 1 crews (hotshot crews) and eight Type 2 crews. There are also three Type 2 helicopters, one Type 1 helicopter, eleven engines, four dozers, and 1 water tender assigned to the incident.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:29 pm

9/20/11

Containment of the Pagami Creek Fire is at 23%. With a half inch of rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow, the fire is expected to creep and smolder. Twenty-eight states are represented by incident personnel.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:46 pm

Photos from Polly Lake by Hans Martin taken 9/12/2011. Have photos? Please post them.

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Lake Polly by Hans Martin 9/12/11


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Lake Polly by Hans Martin 9/12/11


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Lake Polly by Hans Martin 9/12/11
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:32 pm

Pagami Creek Fire

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FIRE INFORMATION:

Website: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2534 E-mail: PIOPagamiFire@gmail.com

Phone: 218-365-3177, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Twitter: Twitter@inciweb

TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is now 30% contained. The size decreased to 93,669 acres because of more accurate GPS mapping on the northwest side. Of the total acreage, 9,274 acres are outside the wilderness. Between two tenths to one half of an inch of rain fell on the fire yesterday. Eleven canoes were airlifted into Insula Lake on the eastern side of the fire for incoming crews. The spike camp near Isabella is set up and fully operational for about 300 personnel.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

Conduct water-safety training for four new crews.

Assess the northeast side: scout line, identify camp locations, establish spike camp for crew, and evaluate the perimeter for possible use of fire line explosives to build fire line over rock with shallow soils.

Continue to patrol and pull hose from containment lines.

Continue to construct fire line, scout for hotspots, and mop up.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Showers will continue today. Temps will be in the mid to high 40s. Sustained NW winds will be in the teens with gusts in the mid 20s. Precipitation will taper to a drizzle by late Wednesday. An additional two tenths of an inch of rain is expected Wednesday. A drying and warming trend will start Thursday and extend into the weekend. The fire today is expected to continue to creep and smolder.
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ROAD CLOSURES AND BLOCKS: Highway 1 is open. Closed roads are roads north of Highway 1 from Forest Road (FR) 1468 east to Isabella; Wanless Road (FR 172) east to Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7; Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 north to FR 354; FR 354 north to BWCAW boundary at Kawishiwi Lake; and the Wanless Road (FR172). In Lake County, road blocks are at the intersections of Highway 1 and the Tomahawk Trail; Highway 1 and Deep Lake Road; Highway 1 and Bandana Road; Highway 1 and Mitawan Lake Road; Highway 1 and Arrowhead Road; Highway 1 and Wanless Road; Wanless Road and Manitou Junction; Wanless Road and Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7; Cramer Road/Lake County Road 7 and Hoist Creek Road; and Highway 1 and East Grade Road. In Cook County, a road block is at the intersection of Sawbill Trail and Four-Mile Grade. Four-Mile Grade is closed between FR 339 and FR 340.


SAFETY: Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority. Falling trees are a safety concern. There has been one injury to date.

DETECTED: August 18, 2011 CAUSE: Lightning ACREAGE: 93,669


LOCATION: The fire started at Township 63 N, Range 9 W, approximately 14 miles east of Ely (within the BWCAW) in the Pagami Creek area between the South Kawishiwi River, Clearwater Lake, and Lake One. The fire perimeter from the north is Lake One, Two, Four, and Lake Insula. The eastern perimeter is the southern edge of Lake Polly and east of Kawasachong Lake, west of Perent Lake, and northwest of Silver Island Lake. The southern perimeter crosses the intersection of Island River Road and Lake Twenty-Nine Road, Twenty-Nine Lake, and the Isabella River to Bog Lake.


RESOURCES: There are 781 incident personnel, and three crews will be arriving today. There are three Type 1 helicopters, and two Type 3 helicopter. Six hotshot (Type 1) crews, twelve Type 2 crews, and two camp crews are on the incident. There are also twenty-three engines, seven dozers, and three water tenders assigned to the incident.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Wilderness closures and burning restrictions:
www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home
http://closures.pagamicreek.com
http://restrictions.pagamicreek.com
218-365-7600

Smoke conditions:
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby PaddlerJimmy » Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:40 pm

Pagami Creek Fire Update – smoke cloud over Eastern Europe
Submitted by wtip on Wed, 09/21/2011

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 30% contained. The size decreased to 93,669 acres because of more accurate GPS mapping on the northwest side. Of the total acreage, 9,274 acres are outside the wilderness. Between two tenths to one half of an inch of rain fell on the fire yesterday. Eleven canoes were airlifted into Insula Lake on the eastern side of the fire for incoming crews. The spike camp near Isabella is set up and fully operational for about 300 personnel.

According to the Wildfire Today website, smoke from the Pagami wildfire is being tracked by meteorologists and other scientists as it travels around the globe.

As of September 15 a smoke cloud was detected over the United Kingdom at a height of between 6 and 7 miles. That puts the smoke above the cold point tropopause, or transitional region of the atmosphere between the troposphere and stratosphere. Satellite photos show smoke over Poland, Ukraine, and Russia on September 16.

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Satellite photos show smoke over Poland, Ukraine, and Russia on September 16.

It has only been in recent years that scientists have realized smoke clouds can remain relatively intact and circle the Earth for months.

Locally, showers will continue today. Temps will be in the mid to high 40s. Sustained NW winds will be in the teens with gusts in the mid 20s. Precipitation will taper to a drizzle by late today. An additional two tenths of an inch of rain is expected. A drying and warming trend will start Thursday and extend into the weekend. The fire today is expected to continue to creep and smolder.

There are 781 incident personnel, and three crews will be arriving today.

There are three Type 1 helicopters, and two Type 3 helicopter. Six hotshot (Type 1) crews, twelve Type 2 crews, and two camp crews are on the incident. There are also twenty-three engines, seven dozers, and three water tenders assigned to the incident.

Superior National Forest -- wide ban on open campfires remains in effect until further notice. The ban includes the Superior Hiking Trail campsites as well as residential open fires.
http://restrictions.pagamicreek.com
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:44 am

9/22/2011

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 30% contained. The size decreased to 93,669 acres because of more accurate GPS mapping on the northwest side. Of the total acreage, 9,274 acres are outside the wilderness. Between two tenths to one half of an inch of rain fell on the fire yesterday. Eleven canoes were airlifted into Insula Lake on the eastern side of the fire for incoming crews. The spike camp near Isabella is set up and fully operational for about 300 personnel.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire 2011

Postby bwca » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:05 pm

9/23/2011

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 35% contained and remains at 93,669 acres. Fire restrictions were reduced: campfires and charcoal grills are allowed only between the hours of 6:00 PM and midnight in all areas of the Superior National Forest. Within metal fire rings at fee-for-use campgrounds, fires are allowed at any time. The Forest reduced the closure-order area, and the Lake County sheriff lifted all evacuations related to the Pagami Creek Fire. Yesterday, crews constructed over 3 miles of fire line, 3 miles of dozer line, and laid 3 miles of hose. A fire-line explosives kit was delivered to a division on the northern edge for possible use today. The containment line on the northwest side around the point of origin has no heat or smoke and will be patrolled by air. Crews found and mopped up six spot fires on the southeastern side near Forest Road (FR) 356.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire Now 45% Contained

Postby bwca » Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:07 pm

9/25/2011

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 45% contained. Size decreased to 93,459 acres due to more accurate mapping. As expected, fire activity increased slightly yesterday because of higher temperatures and lower humidities. Air patrols found a few spot fires. Today, ground crews will suppress them and helicopters will assist with bucket drops of water. Aerial patrols will continue to search for new spot fires and patrol the containment line. Hotshot crews who have completed their 2-week assignments are being replaced by new hotshot crews, and air resources will assist them by delivering cargo.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

Postby bwca » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:02 pm

9/26/2011

TODAY’S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is now 53% contained. Size remains the same at 93,459 acres. Today warmer dryer weather will increase the likelihood for fire activity, and smoke may be visible. Aerial patrol will continue to search for new spot fires and assist ground crews with bucket drops as needed. Yesterday, air resources dropped 267,000 gallons of water, delivered 11,000 pounds of cargo, and conducted 3 reconnaissance flights.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:
• Rehabilitation work will begin on dozer lines outside the wilderness areas.
• New resources will be transitioning with resources timing out.
• Line construction and mop up continues along the fire perimeter.

UPCOMING EVENTS: A community meeting will be held today at the Northern Tier Boy Scout Camp at 2 p.m., and tomorrow at the Isabella Community Center at 11 a.m.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Weather will remain similar to the last two days with some clouds, highs in the upper 60s, lower humidity in the 40% range, and variable winds between 8 -10 mph, with gusts up to 17 to 18 mph. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be warmer, with highs near 70, and slightly windier, with gusts in the teens. A drying trend is expected to continue until Wednesday night. The extended forecast calls for a chance of rain to return to the area Wednesday evening into Thursday. Warmer, drier air is expected to increase fire activity with the possibility of producing more smoke.

AREA/ROAD CLOSURES: Some Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness entry points remain closed for day and overnight use. For a complete list of closures, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home.

Highway 1 is open. The following roads, trails, and areas are closed: FR 381 north from the intersection with FR 377 (Tomahawk Rd.) and all areas north and east of FR 381; FR 373 (Northwest Rd.) south from FR 377 to the intersection of FR 369 and all areas north and east of this route; FR 369 east from the intersection of FR 369; FR 373 to the intersection of FR 369 and Lake Cty. Rd 7 (Cramer Rd./Windy Lake Rd.) including all areas north of this route; all areas to the west of Lake Cty. Rd. 7 between the intersections with FR 369 and FR 354 (Cty. Rd. 7 is open for travel); and FR 354 north from the intersection with Lake Cty. Rd 7 and all areas west of FR 354.

DETECTED: August 18, 2011 CAUSE: Lightning ACREAGE: 93,459

LOCATION: The fire started approximately 13 miles east of Ely.

RESOURCES: There are 968 people assigned to the incident, which is a temporary increase as new crews checked in the day before outgoing crews checked out. Crews consist of 15 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 12 Type 2 crews, and four camp crews. Air operations will continue to support the fire suppression efforts as needed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Area closures and burning restrictions: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home
Smoke conditions: www.pca.state.mn.us
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

Postby bwca » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:28 am

9/27/11

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 59% contained, and the size remains the same at 93,459 acres. On September 26, the Superior National Forest reduced the closure area surrounding the fire. Some areas to the north and west of the fire have been opened. Drier weather today should produce slightly more active fire and more smoke. Fire line rehabilitation measures are being taken to return the landscape to natural conditions by spreading woody vegetation back over dozed fire lines in areas where the fire is cold. This action will help to reduce soil erosion. New crews have been dispatched to spike camps to replace departing crews.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

· An excavator is being used for rehabilitation work outside the Wilderness Area.

· Spot fire detection, line construction and mop up continue along the fire perimeter.

· Air support continues to provide water drops on hot spots.

UPCOMING EVENTS: A community meeting will be held today at the Isabella Community Center at 11 a.m.


WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Sunny, warmer and drier today with light winds. Temperatures reaching the lower 70's with humidity ranging between 35 and 40%. This afternoon, winds will switch from NE to N at 5 to 8 mph. Wednesday, as a front approaches, expect to see warmer temperatures, lower humidity and higher wind speeds. A chance of showers Wednesday night into Thursday will amount to less than a 1/10 of an inch of rain.

AREA/ROAD CLOSURES: Some Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness entry points remain closed for day and overnight use. To see the updated closure, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/superior/home.

Highway 1 is open. The following roads, trails, and areas are closed: FR 381 north from the intersection with FR 377 (Tomahawk Rd.) and all areas north and east of FR 381; FR 373 (Northwest Rd.) south from FR 377 to the intersection of FR 369 and all areas north and east of this route; FR 369 east from the intersection of FR 369 and FR 373 to the intersection of FR 369 and Lake County Rd. 7 (Cramer Rd./Windy Lake Rd.) including all areas north of this route; all areas to the west of Lake County Rd. 7 (CR 7) between the intersections with FR 369 and FR 354 (CR 7 is open for travel); and FR 354 north from the intersection with Lake CR 7 and all areas west of FR 354.

DETECTED: August 18, 2011 CAUSE: Lightning ACREAGE: 93,459

LOCATION: The fire started approximately 13 miles east of Ely.


RESOURCES: There are 789 people assigned to the incident. Resources consist of 10 hotshot (Type 1) crews, 10 Type 2 crews, 9 engines, four camp crews and other personnel. Air operations will continue to support the fire suppression efforts as needed.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

Postby bwca » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:57 pm

TODAY'S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is now 61% contained, and the size remains at 93,459 acres. Infrared technology is being used to assist firefighters with suppression efforts. Infrared identifies heat along the fire perimeter allowing firefighters to focus on those areas where hot spots still exist. As fuels continue to dry, an increase in fire activity is expected and smoke may become more visible. Today firefighters will focus on reinforcing containment lines in preparation for possible strong winds tonight and Thursday. Aircraft will be used throughout the day to drop water on the portions of unlined fire perimeter to lessen the chance of fire movement when winds arrive.

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Progression Map 9/28/11


ACTIVITIES TODAY:

· Spot fire detection, line construction and mop up continue along the fire perimeter.

· Rehabilitation continues along dozer lines outside of the Wilderness Area.

· Air support continues to provide water drops on hot spots and cargo to crews in spike camps along the north and east perimeters of the fire.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Today's weather forecast calls for continued warm and dry weather as a ridge of high pressure moves into the region. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to high 70s. Winds will be calm in the morning but increasing in the afternoon becoming west southwest 7-11 mph. Wind gusts reaching 14-18 mph are expected. A cold front will pass through the area late tonight bringing a chance of rain, cooler temperatures and strong northwesterly winds. Dry weather and gradually warming temperatures are expected over the weekend.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

Postby bwca » Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:01 pm

9/30/11

The Pagami Creek Fire is now 67% contained, and the size has been reduced to 92,682 acres due to improved mapping. Initially the acreage of the fire was determined by using GPS technology while flying along the perimeter. Crews on the ground are now able to use GPS to gather more accurate data. Gusty winds prevented crews from working on the fire yesterday. Reports from spike camps were that live trees were being blown down around their campsites. Crews spent most of yesterday identifying and removing hazard trees around camp.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

· Continue direct line construction, patrol, and mop up along the fire perimeter.

· Fireline explosives will be used on a portion of the north perimeter that is not contained.

· Rehabilitation of roads and dozer lines continues outside of the Wilderness Area.

· Air resources will continue to provide support to firefighters on the ground.

WEATHER: Drier but cooler weather is expected for today. Northwesterly winds could still be gusty at times today, with gusts reaching the upper teens. This weekend is still expected to be warm and dry. The next chance for showers will be early next week as a weak disturbance passes through the area.

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70% Contained - 10/2/11

Postby bwca » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:02 pm

10/2/11

The Pagami Creek Fire remains at 92,682 acres and is 70% contained. Doug Turman's Northern Rockies Type I Incident Management Team will be transitioning with Greg Peterson's MNICS Type II Incident Management Team. Today the two teams will work together to ensure a smooth transition. Tomorrow morning at 6 am the Type II team will assume command of the fire.

ACTIVITIES TODAY:

· Continue direct line construction and hold and improve constructed line on portions of uncontained fire perimeter.

· Patrol, mop up, and cold trail firelines.

· Palm infrared flight will occur this morning on eastern fire perimeter.

· Continue rehabilitation of roads and dozer lines outside of the Wilderness Area.

· Air resources will continue to provide support to firefighters on the ground.

WEATHER: High pressure will continue to bring lighter winds and a warming trend over the fire area. The forecast for today calls for temperatures in the lower 70s with winds out of the south 4 to 7 mph with gusts to 11 mph.
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Re: Pagami Creek Fire Updates - 2011

Postby bwca » Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:56 am

Near record high temperatures and dry, windy conditions are forecasted for the Pagami Creek Fire area through the end of the week. Fire activity has the potential to increase as a result of this forecast. The Superior National Forest has expanded closures for areas adjacent to the Pagami Creek Fire as a precautionary measure to provide for public safety.

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