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    Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    If any of you travel to the Boundary Waters to go camping/canoeing...there is a fire on the Gunflint trail around Ham Lake and Seagull Lake.

    Here is the blog from ground-zero of the Ham Lake fire in the BWCAW:

    Link to Tuscarora blog



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    Quote Originally Posted by zumbro clones View Post
    If any of you travel to the Boundary Waters to go camping/canoeing...there is a fire on the Gunflint trail around Ham Lake and Seagull Lake.

    Here is the blog from ground-zero of the Ham Lake fire in the BWCAW:

    Link to Tuscarora blog
    Jeez, didn't a different big portion of this burn last year? I thought I remember seeing photos.

    I visited a camp on Sea Gull a few years back when my brother worked there.



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    yeah, there was a BIG fire last yr when I went.



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    Yeah, last year the area at the end of the Gunflint trail burned (Alpine Lake and surrounding area). This is a few miles from the end of the trail.



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    More news:

    link to details



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    Yeah, this one is really scary. Last night the two maintenance guys at the
    base had to evacuate. On their way out they talked to the guard
    station. They had put out a spot fire on the bwca end of Fishhook (the big
    island). All the sprinklers are running on the buildings but we'll have to
    wait and see what happens.

    It's really amazing to get a fire like this in the spring. It's also
    amazing that it's burning the south and east side of Seagull, the north and
    west side were burnt last year in a really big fire. So by the end of this
    there won't be many trees anywhere close to the camp.
    Here's a note I got from my brother today about it - he worked on Sea Gull for a couple years.



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    Another blog...from my favorite BWCA outfitter.

    Sawbill Newsletter

    5/7/07 - It is terrribly dry here right now and there is a complete burning ban in place. This ban applies to all of Cook and Lake Counties and includes all recreational fires including charcol grills. Simply put, no fires at all in northeastern Minnesota until further notice.

    There is a large, destructive fire burning currently at the end of the Gunflint Trail. The fire is not threatening us, or the vast majority of the BWCA Wilderness, at all. However, it is threatening many homes and businesses at the end of the Gunflint Trail. Our thoughts are with our friends up there and hoping for the best possible outcome. You can find good, up to date information on the Ham Lake Fire, as it has been named, at www.inciweb.org. Or, for the local angle, try the website of our excellent community radio station, WTIP.

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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    New map on the fire:

    map link



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    CFH HMagic bball season next year.
    Let my Fred's Four Horsemen ride: Georges, Hogue, Nader, and McKay.

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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    Is the fires are in the wind damaged areas - it is easy to understand how they would spread....just look at all the dead wood/downed trees[IMG]file:///D:/My%20Pictures/Boundary%20Waters%202006/DSCN0580.JPG[/IMG]

    edit: oops - I think that pic might actually be a burned out spot from previous years....I should label my pics better
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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    I don't think that fire includes any of the "blow-down" areas. I've spent a lot of time in this area and it was a beautiful place to camp. Time for a rain dance.

    New photos link



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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    Here is an update for those of you interested: CRAZY!!

    Sawbill Newsletter

    5/10/07 - 10 P. M. We've just been notified by the Forest Service that the Sawbill Lake and Baker Lake entry points to the BWCA Wilderness have been closed until further notice. This includes both overnight and day-use. They do not expect the Ham Lake Fire to threaten Sawbill directly, but the fire has reached a size that has triggered the decision to clear everyone out of the eastern end of the wilderness.

    Late reports from the firefighting team indicate that the fire more than doubled, perhaps as much as quadrupled today. Most of that growth was in Canada, but with a fire this size, behavior is unpredictable, so the Forest Service is trying to err on the side of caution.
    Call or email if you have questions. - Bill

    5/10/07 - The Ham Lake Fire exploded to the east today running into Canada at least five miles and probably further. The forecast is calling for winds to move from west, to northwest, and finally to north tonight. If that happens and the wind doesn't slow down, it could potentially push the fire back into the U.S. east of the Gunflint Trail. As a precaution, the Forest Service has closed a bunch of BWCA Wilderness entry points. until further notice. In our area, they closed the Brule Lake and Homer Lake entry points.

    It is still very unlikely that this fire will burn down to Sawbill, but we are watching it carefully and will post any relevant information here. - Bill

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    Re: Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Ham Lake Fire

    This is terrible news, been hearing all about it on the MN news. I love going up there during the summer. Hopefully the controlled burns that they are attempting work out for the best.



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