(Park Rapids, MN) — Saturday Update -
Officials say a relatively small wildfire reported Tuesday afternoon in a remote section of Itasca State Park in north-central Minnesota is now 80 percent contained. Crews limited it to nine acres and are now scouting for hot-spots. Precautionary evacuations of some cabins in the vicinity have been lifted and authorities say most areas have re-opened, but some closures remain on Wilderness Drive. The fire was at the end of the Bohall Trail. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.
On Wednesday Officials evacuated parts of Itasca State Park as a precaution while crews work to contain a fire burning in a remote location. As of Wednesday evening no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported. Officials say park staff have evacuated the historic Lake Ozawindib Cabin and Bert's Cabins on the north side of the park.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the fire, which started at the end of the Bohall Trail and on the north side of Bohall Lake, is approximately nine acres and 5% contained as of Wednesday evening.
The fire was initially reported at approximately 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a fire burning in timber, lowland grasses and brush in a remote location in Itasca State Park, at the end of Bohall Trail and on the north side of Bohall Lake.
Lake Itasca and Shevlin Fire Department engines responded, along with 10 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry engines. DNR air resources responded, including two helicopters, one single engine air tanker (SEAT) airplane, one Fire Boss airplane and an air attack plane.
The DNR says that ground crews made good progress today (Wednesday) laying hose lines and installing pumps and tanks and are delivering water to the fire. Hand crews are actively seeking out smoldering hot spots and hidden sources of heat and extinguishing them with water.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.