The Upper National Forest rolled back almost all remaining closures related to the wildfires on Friday, October 1, including reducing the Greenwood fire closure area to the fire perimeter of nearly 27,000 acres.
The Forest Service also lifted the latest of the closures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area, near the John Ek and Whelp fires.
Low fire activity helped lift the remaining BWCAW closures, while the closure around the Greenwood fire was reduced due to containment of the blaze, which peaked at 80%, and reduced fire risk, according to a Forest Service press release. Although the Greenwood fire continues to show very little heat, heat as well as dangerous snags and trees were observed within the perimeter of the fire.
The Upper National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the Greenwood fire on Friday, October 1, 2021 due to fire containment and reduced fire risk. Contribution / Superior National Forest
Greenwood fire command returned to the forest service on Friday after more than a month of leadership from incident management teams. Tofte Ranger District fire teams will monitor the fire area daily. The number of people affected by the blaze had fallen to 85 according to the Forest Service’s latest situation report on Thursday.
“We are very grateful to the incident management teams, firefighters and surrounding communities who have given up everything to support this response,” said Shannon Rische, deputy forestry supervisor of the Superior National Forest. “We are on the other side of this fire season. Thank you for staying with us.”
Only private properties are accessible in the closed area. McDougal Lake Campground and Stony River Lookout remain closed, as well as Little Isabella Campground due to heavy use by firefighters and bear sightings.
The Forest Service removed all equipment from the John Ek fire last week and has not observed any smoke from the blaze for a few weeks.
“(We) feel comfortable lifting this closure as this fire is unlikely to spread much, if at all,” said Patty Johnson, fire management manager for the eastern forest area. National Superior.