Large Wildfire Ignites 15 Miles SW Of Isabella

Some camp sites have been evacuated and closed until further notice.
Greenwood Fire Best Pic

Greenwood Fire/USDA Forest Service

GREENWOOD LAKE, Minn.  — A large wildfire ignited around 3 p.m. Sunday near Greenwood Lake — about 15 miles southwest of Isabella, Minn.

Karl Kaufmann Fire Pic

Courtesy: Karl Kaufmann

The USDA Forest Service did not immediately have the current size of the fire, other than it being estimated at a couple hundred acres and moving quickly.

“The Forest Service is actively suppressing the fire with air and ground resources, working in partnership with county and state resources to respond,” according to the Forest Service.
Smoke plumes could be seen in Ely Sunday afternoon.
“To ensure public safety of our visitors and employees, the forest is preemptively closing all developed recreation around McDougal Lake on the Tofte Ranger District,” according the Forest Service.

Current sites impacted include:

      • McDougal Lake Campground 
      • McDougal Lake Boat Ramp  
      • McDougal Lake Picnic Area 
      • McDougal Lake Trailhead and Trail (trail 71078) 
Today’s weather was prime for wildfires.   The National Weather Service in Duluth posted this following on its social media Sunday about the high fire risk:
“A Fire Weather Watch now in effect until 8pm this evening. Near-critical fire weather conditions expected this afternoon, particularly over northeast MN. Fires spread quickly in these conditions! Check with your local authorities for any burning restrictions.”
Check the Superior National Forest website for closure information and Inciweb for the latest fire updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @SuperiorNF for the latest updates.
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