Wildfire at Isle Royale National Park Over 55% Contained

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A wildfire has been burning since August 10 at Isle Royale National Park. The fire has consumed over 430 acres and is roughly 56% contained. The top pic. shows the fire seen from the air and the picture below shows the fire from ground level.

Horne Fire Seen from Ground Level

Called the “Horne Fire”, it’s burning in a boreal forest on the far northeast part of the park. Much of the park remains open, but areas near the fire have been closed until further notice.

Horne Fire on Isle Royale blazing at night – NPS photo

While we don’t know for sure, it’s speculated that the fire was started by lightning. The fire burned an outhouse, but no other “buildings” are threatened. The National Park Service, the Hiawatha National Forest and the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe are actively working to contain the fire. Got the following pic and note from Jenifer Selwa:

Dropping water on the fire by plane – pic. from Jenifer Selwa

Jenifer wrote to say: “They’ve been scooping water from Tobin Harbor and dropping it on to the Horne fire. Pretty impressive to watch.”

Smoky Sunset

Because of smoke from this fire and others, an Air Quality Alert has been issued for parts of Upper Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. You can read about the Current Conditions on the Isle Royale National Park website. Smoky skies have prompted the National Weather Service to issue an Air Quality Alert.

Map of the Horne Fire on Isle Royale

This map from the National Park Service shows the area that has been burned by the Horne Fire. Overall dry conditions are reported at Isle Royale.

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