Greenwood Fire updates for Aug. 25

Featured photo courtesy of Superior National Forest Service, depicting the Whelp fire in the BWCAW.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will be closed until at least Sept. 3, as the Greenwood Fire rages on inside the Superior National Forest.

There are 12 other smaller fires, some of them in the Wilderness, currently within the Forest.

Most have been caused by lightning, but some have also been caused by illegal campfires.

Forest roads around the Gunflint Trail area are closed due to fire activity in the John Ek Fire and limited firefighting resources.

More than 400 people are working on the scene of the Greenwood Fire.

The Greenwood Fire has grown 30 square miles in size and has prompted at least 300 evacuations, with the American Red Cross running shelters in Babbit and Finland.

Red Cross volunteers are always needed in times of disaster, more information on training is available at redcross.org/mndaks.

The fire created its own weather Monday via a pyrocumulus cloud. These storm clouds are created from hot air and smoke from the blaze and can produce lightning and gusty winds, which can create even more hazards for firefighters.

CLOSURES:
• Hwy 2 is closed from Forest Hwy 11 to Hwy 1. Hwy 1 is closed from New Tomahawk Rd to Lankinen Rd.
• A Forest Service closure order is in place to protect public health and safety due to the Greenwood Fire. It extends across areas within the Kawishiwi, Laurentian, and Tofte Ranger Districts. To see the full Forest order and other alerts go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/superior.
• A Temporary Flight Restriction for aircraft is in place over the fire area.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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