Foss Lake Fire Near Ely, MN – BWCAW Entry Point 4 (Crab Lake) Temporarily Closed

USFS Update - Foss Lake Fire
Date Issued: May 19, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.

Fire Information: 218-208-4544 and updates will be posted on inciweb@nwcg.gov

Location and Size: Township 63 N, Range 14 W, Section 26. This fire is located 6 miles from
Ely, MN in St. Louis County, one mile west of the southwestern edge of Burntside Lake, north of
Foss Lake, south of Crab Lake. It is burning north into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness (BWCAW). There is no estimate on the size at this time. An estimate will be made
tomorrow morning when smoke has dissipated. No control or containment estimates at this time.
Description: The fire has laid down for the night. With decreasing winds and higher relative
humidity aircraft made good progress checking the growth of the fire on both the east, west and
north sides. There was no growth to the south. Aircraft and ground crews will continue to work
tomorrow to reinforce today’s progress. Additional crews and resources will also be arriving to
assist with management of the fire.

Message: There is no threat to the towns of Ely, Winton, Tower or Soudan. No structures are
threatened. Good fuel reduction work completed in the last two years on Burntside increases fire
fighters ability to manage the eastern edge.

Resources: 8 aircraft worked the fire this afternoon with success. 40 crews are on scene.

Closures:

One BWCAW Entry Point: #4 Crab Lake is closed at this time.

All other BWCAW Entry Points remain open.

An area closure including BWCAW lakes west of Burntside Lake, south of Cummings Lake and east of Trout Lake is planned. A list of lakes included in the closure area and a map will be published
tomorrow on inciweb@nwcg.gov
Source: Boundary Waters Blogger