Saturday, July 15, 2006

Wildfire South West of Seagull Lake

The fire started sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday the Julyl 14th in a remote area of the blowdown south of Seagull Lake, north of Howard Lake near Cavity Lake. The area is heavy "blowdown" - jack pine and spruce and within the "Acorn Burn Unit" which the USFS was planning to burn. It is thought the fire was started by a lightly strike.

Overhead resources were brought in immediately including an aircraft from Canada and the CL 215's. They worked for hours as the winds continued to blow and the fire continued to travel for almost 2 1/2 miles through the wilderness. While yeaterday afternoon the winds were blowing from the northwest tracking the fire towards the Kek trail and a previous prescribed burn area by Howard Lake, during the night the winds shifted to a more westerly direction and toward the south shore of seagull Lake. Between the fire and the cabins on the south shore of the lake there is another large area previously burnt by the Forest Service which could block the fires advance if it continues in this direction.

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