UPDATES ON FOSS LAKE FIRE

On May 14, 2017 firefighters from the Superior National Forest, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho successfully burned 51 acres on the Foss Lake Prescribed Fire Unit located west of Ely, MN. The weather conditions were good for the broadcast burn to reduce fuels.

The Foss Lake prescribed fire unit is well contained and will be patrolled for hotspots. Crews continue to check the Old Baldy (30 acres), North Arm Unit 8 (41 acres), and Log Bay (38 acres) prescribed fire units each day and all have been quiet with very little to no smoke visible.

Location: In northeastern Minnesota, in St. Louis County on the LaCroix Ranger District of the Superior National Forest approximately 10 miles west of Ely, MN and north of the Wolf Lake Road, between Foss Lake and the BWCAW. T63N R14W S35.

Description: The purpose of the Foss Lake unit is for both fuels reduction and oak/blueberry habitat improvement. The area is a combination of open rock outcroppings and forested drainages where fuels treatment can both help reduce surface and ladder fuels and reduce vegetation that competes with oak trees and blueberry plants. Reducing the hazardous fuels component in this unit is part of a larger fuels treatment effort in the Burntside Lake area. This unit will create another area in addition to recent Burntside Lake prescribed fire units where available fuels in the forest are reduced and therefore lower the intensity of future wildfires when they occur.

Resources:
· Firefighters will continue to monitor all the prescribed fire units until significant moisture is received.

Closures:
· The southernmost campsite on Slim Lake in the BWCAW is still closed as a part of the Old Baldy unit.
· Two campsites on Bear Island Lake remain closed as a part of the Log Bay unit.