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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Cavity Lake Fire Information


2006 Cavity Lake Fire - Boundary Waters

Fire Information Update -    Extinguished


This fire was one of the largest in the history of the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. It was located in an area where, one of the largest blow downs in the history of the United States occurred. Forest officials worked closely with cooperators in mitigating the potential for a huge wildfire along the Gunflint Trail corridor which is home to hundreds of residents and outfitters. Roughly half of the area identified has been treated using mechanical treatment and prescribed fire. These areas proved to be one of the major cards in fighting this fire. Once the wildfire reached these areas, fire behavior greatly decreased and crews were able to get a handle on it.

Updated  5/30/07

Current Situation

Size 31,830 acres 
Percent Contained 100% - Extinguished
Summary This fire was started by lightning on July 14 and is burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), approximately 2 miles south of Seagull Lake. The Cavity Lake Fire showed very little activity since mid-August.  Managers continued to monitor the fire through the end of the season. 

Please continue to be diligent in your fire prevention efforts.

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