John Ek
72.4 mi
NNE of Duluth, MN
1 monthago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
2 weeks ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, August 13, 2021 7:00 PM CDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the John Ek Fire

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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.   

Gunflint Trail Pre-Evacuation Information:  https://fb.watch/7A5jW1Sm-t/

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 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 12:00 AM CDT
Lake County, 24.5 miles NW of Lutsen, MN
Incident Commander:
Brian Pisarek, Eastern Area Type 2
47.981, -91.016

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events:
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.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
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

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.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
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
and seasonal

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire information
Phone: 218-209-2633
Fire Unit Information
Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808