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I See Fire: In the Superior National Forest

The combination of dry weather and winds led to a prescribed burn in the Superior National Forest get­ting out of control on Wednesday, May 15. The wildfire was first reported around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Tofte Ranger District, and by noon on Thursday, it had grown to 209 acres, plus the 56 acres that had been part of the prescribed burn. Aircraft arrived on the scene to suppress the fire, as well as addi­tional fire crews and engines.

Increasing cloud cover and hu­midity levels Wednesday night helped restrain the fire, dubbed Fry Fire because of its location in the 72-acre Fry Unit, north of High­way 1 near the Little Isabella River Campground and east of Fish Fry Lake. Thursday morning, the area received 0.1 inches of rain.

The Fry Fire began just a few miles from the location of the 2021 Greenwood Fire, which burned over 26,000 acres and destroyed more than a dozen homes and cab­ins. Thankfully, the Fry Fire was not destined to be a repeat of Green­wood. By the afternoon of Friday, May 17, the 265 acre fire was 75% contained, and officials stated there was no immediate threat to private property. Four engines with crews, two off-Superior National Forest hotshot crews, and several individ­ual firefighters worked on the fire.

On Sunday, May 19, the Fry Fire was reported to be 100% contained at 189 acres – 49 acres of prescribed fire, and 137 acres of wildfire. Ac­cording to a WDIO report, “Crews have completed their work and feel confident that the edge of the fire will not move. With firefighting work completed, the fire is now in patrol status. The fire size has been reduced due to more accurate mapping being completed by crews on the fire. There is no immediate threat to private property or struc­tures, and the fire is not active.”

Thank you to all whose diligence and efforts quickly contained the Fry Fire.

The U.S. Forest Service partners with the National Fire Protection Association and its Firewise Communities program to help create awareness of wildfires and ways that each of us can use best practices to help prevent loss of life and property in the event of a wildfire. Check them out at https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/make-your-home-wildfire-defensible and https://www.nfpa.org/Education-and-Research/Wildfire/Firewise-USA.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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