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Wilderness Fire Updates -- Thursday, Sept. 13

Knife Lake fire from the air
Knife Lake fire from the air

The US Forest Service says aerial suppression efforts and fire crews are being used today to fight two small fires in the Gunflint and Tofte districts of the Boundary Waters.

The fire east of Little Sag Lake near Mora Lake, in the Cavity Lake Fire area is receiving helicopter water drops as of this morning and crews are scheduled to move in. The fire was first reported yesterday at a quarter-acre in size.  

Early last evening, a small fire was spotted between Peterson Lake and Horn Lake on the southern edge of the wilderness near the Baker Lake entry point.  A Forest Service Beaver is currently dropping water on that quarter acre size fire.

The Fort Frances #59 fire, between Knife and Emerald Lake is very active today with smoke running parallel to the shore of Knife Lake. The smoke is causing concern along the Gunflint Trail. The fire remains on the Quetico side and is being closely monitored by fire units on both sides.

Currently there are three active wildfires in the Kawishiwi District monitored out of the Ely ranger station.