Isabella

Forest Officials Lift Fire Restrictions as Greenwood Fire Remains 80% Contained

As of Monday, Sept. 20, the Greenwood Fire is 26,797 Acres and 80% Contained

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say they have lifted fire restrictions for the entire Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota after reports over the weekend that the Greenwood Lake blaze was 80% contained. The blaze has burned more than 26,000 acres of land. This announcement comes as the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens Highway 1 near Isabella. Officials say drivers…

Experts Give Tour of Greenwood Fire Damage

Another concern in areas heavily burned in the Superior National Forest is a lot of exposed tree roots.

ISABELLA, Minn. — Progress is being made outside of Isabella where the Greenwood Fire is nearly 50% contained with minimal open flames. “There’s a wet layer about an inch and a half deep, but below that everything is dry,” Greenwood Fire Behavioral Analyst Trainee, Patrick Johnson says. In that dry layer, the fire is smoldering and waiting for conditions to…

Greenwood Fire 49% Contained as Gov. Walz, Senators Get Up-Close Look at Damage

The state officials said Monday, it was eye-opening to see the extent of the damage, and the work the firefighters have achieved thus far.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fire crews report the Greenwood fire is almost half contained. The more than 26,000-acre blaze drew the attention of Governor Tim Walz and Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar Monday. “I think being on the ground it’s always helpful for me to see it. And just to see what these folks have been going through like you…

Gov. Walz, Senators Klobuchar, Smith Tour Greenwood Fire Damage

Gov. Walz Along with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith Toured the Site Monday Morning

ISABELLA, Minn. – On Monday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz along with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith ventured north to get an up-close look at the ongoing Greenwood fire and damage that has been caused by the flames. The officials received a briefing on size, containment, and damage before touring the closed-off section of forest that continues to burn….

Greenwood Fire Now 37% Contained as Incident Command Post Works from Finland

The boots-on-the-ground operations crew remains in Isabella, burning tactical fires to eliminate potential fuel to keep the main fire boxed in.

FINLAND, Minn.- Fire crews hope to continue the momentum against the 26,000 acre Greenwood fire, now 37% contained as of Monday evening thanks to recent rainy weather, and now moving their Incident Command Post to Finland while operations remain in Isabella right near the blaze. “In terms of wildland fire, the goal is to be mobile, adaptable, resilient,” said Clark…

Firefighters Continue Battling Greenwood Fire

Firefighters are also monitoring areas of concern along the border of the fire.

ISABELLA, Minn. —  On Wednesday more than 400 firefighters on the ground were busy conducting several defensive operations with the help of air resources. One of the main goals is helping to reduce burnable natural fuel near homes and the edge of the fire. “We really gotta make sure highway one is closed to the public,” Greenwood Fire Public Information…

More Snow Means More Business Up North Shore

Different North Shore Businesses prepare for winter tourists after last week's snowfall.

NORTH SHORE, Minn.- It seems Jack Frost made an early stop up the North Shore, and businesses couldn’t be happier. “We all live here for a reason. So we’re big fans of the snow and the cold,” said Jordyn Timberlake. The Bartender and Housekeep at Knotted Pine Inn and Tavern in Isabella is looking at increased business for both the…