Sleeper Lake firefighters had another busy day on the west side of the fire due to gusty winds up to 25 miles per hour from the southeast. Firefighters continued to patrol and hold line and mop up the spot fires from last night. Firefighters on the ground were assisted throughout the day by two CL-215 water bombers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Three National Guard Blackhawks have returned to the area and will once again be assisting with water drops.
County Road 407 still has manned barricades, but is now open to through traffic. Please drive with extreme caution and with your lights on in this area.
Evacuations remain in effect between CR 215 north of Halfway Lake to just north of Dawson Creek. A total of eight dwellings were evacuated Monday evening, including 17 people. An additional four people voluntarily evacuated from the Pine Stump Junction area due to smoke.
Size: Estimated at 18,256 acres and 67% contained.
Location: Luce County. 6.5 miles north of the Village of Newberry.
Resources: Current resources on the fire include two CL-215 water bombers, three Blackhawk helicopters, numerous dozers, water units, engines, hand crews from various states, marsh masters, and approximately 223 personnel.
Wednesday’s Fire Weather Forecast leads off with the statement, “A Wet Pattern Is Developing.” This can mean nothing but good news for a fire that has burned and smoldered underground for nearly three weeks.
Wednesday’s weather is expected to be cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms ending by late afternoon.
Maximum Temperatures: 77 degrees
Minimum Relative Humidity: 55 percent
Winds: southeast 5 to 10 mph, becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph.
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