Parts of BWCA closed due to small fires, dry terrain

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2012 - 6:14 PM
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dlzabzSep. 5, 12 3:33 PM

Why do we put out these natural fires? All we do is create the perfect storm of fires by building up nature's kindling.

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owatonnabillSep. 5, 12 5:17 PM

"Why do we put out these natural fires?" ............... Because the area is tinder-try and fall is a windy time of year up there. Remember last September and the Pagami Creek fire up there? It began at approximately the same time of year under slightly less dry conditions and the idiots in charge decided to "let nature take it's course". Well, before nature was done it had burned 92,000 acres--nearly 150 square miles--larger than the land area of the U.S Virgin Islands. It was not just wilderness. Private property was affected as were homes and businesses in the area, and smoke from the fire was evident as far away as Poland and Ukraine. Evidently these yokels have learned their lesson as every effort is being put into containing this one.

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lundovichSep. 5, 12 5:53 PM

I hope it burns up some Sierra Clubbers with their paddle only philosophy. Put more outboard motors and snowmobiles back in the area and I will have some sympathy. Otherwise burn them up and clean up our human environment!

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sibes6Sep. 5, 12 6:56 PM

By chance, is Lundovich a right winger? Those may be the most "classy" comments I have seen on here in some time. You, my man, are the epitome of what I am not. Hope you are proud and proud to have your children or your parents read your comment. Heaven forbid you use motors in the other 99% of America that allows their use.

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justaxnspendSep. 5, 12 7:52 PM

I'm just glad the forest service didn't decide to napalm the fire like it did last year!

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chocbobcaSep. 6, 12 5:21 PM

My son is a forest fire fighter and the decision to "let it burn" or contain it is not taken lightly. Those "yokels" are fighting hundreds of fires all over the US in extreme terrains, temps, and weather conditions. You try chopping your way through 80 degree inclines, tinder dry conditions, heavy undergrowth, high winds, 100 degree temps with brutal unrelenting firestorm breathing at your back and blazing over your head while wearing full fire gear and trying to save communities over weeks of back breaking labor. There are no braver or hard working than the men and women that respond to these fires. The Pagami Creek fire was extremely difficult to fight plus it was freezing up there. If they did "napalm" it was to light back fires although I have no knowledge of that technique. You put motorized boats on the lakes up there - how do you plan to portage it? Or are you a yokel that will just go round and round in circles? Stick to your day job and let the people trained to do this kid of work protect you.

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