Recent lightning activity resulted in a wildland fire within Voyageurs National Park. Park staff responded to the fire near Locator Lake Wednesday evening, August 22 and contained the fire to .5 acre in size. The Locator Fire was located southwest of Locator Lake and approximately 1-mile north of Kabetogama Lake. It was in a remote, rugged area of the park and possesses no immediate threat to the public. The National Park Service continues to monitor this fire.
A United States Forest Service (USFS) aircraft out of Ely, MN and a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) helicopter out of Orr, MN dropped water on the fire prior to the ground crews arriving due to the difficult access. As of September 1, 2018, the Locator Fire is fully contained. The park’s fire management staff have stopped monitoring the fire.
Park staff urge all visitors to use extreme caution while having campfires when fire danger level is High in the Borderland region, including Voyageurs National Park. Currently, campfires are still permitted in established fire rings. Please make sure all campfires are tended and completely extinguished before leaving the campsite. Park staff encourage the public to report fires in the park by calling the park’s 24-hour dispatch at (440) 546-5945 or 911.