John Ek Fire: The John Ek Fire was caused by lightning and is located 2.5 miles south of Little Saganaga Lake and extends from John Ek Lake to the SE corner of Elton Lake.
The Superior National Forest is closing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, effective August 21, 2021, due to active and increasing fire activity, extreme drought, limited resources. The closure will be in place for seven days, and may be modified or extended as conditions allow.
For Superior National Forest Closures visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/superior/alerts-notices For Superior National Forest Fire Restrictions visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/superior/alerts-notices/?aid=67256 For MN DNR Fire Restrictions visit: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/index.html
Date of Origin:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 12:00 AM CDT
Lake County, 24.5 miles NW of Lutsen, MN
Brian Pisarek, Eastern Area Type 2
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Minimal fire behavior with creeping, isolated torching, and smoldering.
Fire behavior has been moderated by weather however, there is still large pockets of heat burning underneath the surface layer of moss. This will provide opportunity for isolated torching in certain parts of the fire.
Continue establishing indirect containment lines on strategic portages in order to minimize the spread to the north and east. Establish spike camps, safety zones, and escape routes.
Patrol fire by air. Use aircraft to minimize fire growth to the north, northeast and east. Keep fire east of Kivaniva, south of Little Sag #1, west of Ballyhoo, and north of Whelp/Mesaba management action points.
Continue working with affected community on fire wise mitigation and create a defensive strategy to protect critical infrastructure along the Gunflint trail corridor.
Projected Incident Activity:
Drying weather, warmer with lower humidity. Heat underneath fallen trees may flare up.
Surface high pressure remained off to the northeast with low pressure to the west today. This resulted in a southeast wind through the day. The sky remained mostly clear, allowing afternoon temperatures to climb into the lower 70s and humidity to trend drier. Chances for measurable rain return to the forecast later Thursday evening through Friday morning. Temperatures trend cooler as well through Friday. Low pressure to the north will then result in a northwesterly flow across the region this weekend. Resultant weather will be breezy winds, continued chances for scattered showers, and seasonal temperatures.
Fire information Phone: 218-209-2633
Fire Unit Information
Superior National Forest U.S. Forest Service 8901 Grand Ave Place Duluth, MN 55808