Officials Update Greenwood Fire Mapping, Plan Public Meeting For Monday
FINLAND, Minn. — A public meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. where officials will provide updates on the Greenwood Fire, as well as the fires burning in the Superior National Forest which have caused the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to close.
Presentations will be given by the Forest Service, the Incident Command Team, and the local sheriff.
The meeting will happen at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. You can also watch it live on the Superior National Forest’s page on Facebook.
For the Greenwood Fire, officials say it is measuring at 8,862 acres after using infrared mapping to study it.
The fire is 0% contained.
Crews are working day and night on containment efforts, and are working on digging a fireline at the base.
Firefighters are also working to protect properties for those living in the Highway 2 and Sand Lake corridor, as well as McDougal Lake and more areas up north.
Additional crews are heading out to help fight the Greenwood Fire, bringing more equipment with them.
Officials believe the fire may keep growing by the northern edge of the blaze.
The fire was ignited by a lightening strike last Sunday.
Evacuation orders are in effect for those living in Sand Lake, McDougal Lake, the Highway 2 corridor, and areas that are north of Highway 1 including East and West Chub lakes, Slate Lake, and Jackpot.
Residents in Lake County can stay updated on evacuation orders through Lake County Emergency Management. You can call 773-844-6449, and also sign up for emergency texts and calls from the county here.
The latest map of the fire and evacuation zones can be found here.
The Finland Community Center is also set up as a Red Cross shelter for people and pets who need to evacuate. Call (425) 677-5776 to find out more.
The following closures are in effect:
-The entire Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
-Highway 2 from Forest Highway 11 to Highway 1
-Highway 1 from New Tomahawk Road to Lankinen Road
More alerts can be found here.