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Superior National Forest - Greenwood Lake wildfire update - September 28, 2021

Sep 28, 2021 11:11AM ● By Editor

Photo: Superior National Forest

From the Superior National Forest - September 28, 2021

SIZE: 26,797 acres         CONTAINMENT: 80%         PERSONNEL: 95


Started by lightning, the Greenwood Fire was detected on August 15, 2021, at about 3:00 p.m. on the Laurentian Ranger District. The fire started approximately 10 miles southwest of Isabella. Maximum containment will peak at 80-81 percent, as wetland areas prevent crew and equipment from building containment lines in those areas.


Today, command of the fire transitioned to Minnesota Incident Command Team A with Ernie Schmitt as Incident Commander. There has been minimal fire activity over the past several days and several miles of containment lines have been cold and not active. Where the lines have been cold and secure, crews and equipment have been working to repair the impacts of line construction and restore them to a near natural state to reduce the potential for erosion or other natural resource impacts. Yesterday, an infrared flight was done to locate any pockets of heat. Firefighters followed up on those locations near the fire perimeter to extinguish and cool the heat. Most of the remaining heat was found to be well on the interior of the fire.


Crews will patrol containment lines watching for any smoke or areas of heat along the perimeter and will cool down and secure any pockets of heat that are found. Equipment and hand crews will rehabilitate and repair containment lines including the finishing work of seeding those areas with native grass seed to stabilize the surface soils. Crews will start work on removing hazard trees along the closed section of the Jackpot ATV Trail impacted by the fire. In addition, trees and debris will be cleaned up and removed from the McDougal Boat Access area. The backhaul of pumps, hoses, and other supplies will be done as they are no longer needed on parts of the fire. A gradual process of downsizing equipment and personnel will be followed based on the amount of work remaining.


For information about getting a checkpoint pass to access your property within the fire closure area, call Lake County Dispatch, 218-510-0640.


The Forest Service has a closure in place for the Greenwood Fire. All forest lands and roads in the closure area are closed until further notice. The closure is generally south of Highway 1 near the Greenwood Fire perimeter including the Sand Lake Recreation Area and rustic campground, a portion of the Jackpot Trail loop, McDougal Lake area and all associated recreation areas and the Stony River Observation Point. Little Isabella Campground will also remain closed due to bear issues and rehabilitation.

For more information and to see a map of this public safety closure, visit the Forest’s alerts and warnings webpage. 


The Superior National Forest and the Minnesota DNR have lifted all fire restrictions. Remember fires can start easily in dry grass and leaves in fall. Practice caution and ensure your fire is dead out before leaving it unattended.

Greenwood Fire information on InciWeb: 

Public Information Line: 218-499-9441

Email: [email protected] 

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