Lake County RACES/ARES

Lake County Radio Amateurs, Two Harbors MN

Pagami Creek Fire Activation

Lake County RACES/ARES [N0LCR] was activated by BJ Kohlstedt (KD0HHW, Lake County Emergency Manager) at 0500 on Tuesday September 13, 2011 for support of the Pagami Creek Fire suppression and evacuation effort.

********** Please Note ********** Mutual Aid Assistance (Amateur Radio) has been set up between Lake County RACES/ARES, St. Louis County RACES, Douglas County RACES/ARES, and support from operators in Cook County. We greatly appreciate their help for staffing!
On Monday September 12, the Pagami Creek fire grew from 11,000 acres to over 70,000 acres. The fire traveled an unprecedented 16 miles in one day, most of which was in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The driving forces were low humidity, moderate temperatures and northwest winds at 15-20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Downwind and in the possible path of the fire were residents and property owners near Isabella. The area is remote, with little PSN and cell phone coverage.

Our task was to be stationed and provide communications at ICP, SA, evac check points and evac shelters. Using the amateur radio LSAC 1 repeater system, our task of communications was simplified. Net Control was initially set up in the Lake County RACES/ARES (NØLCR) Two Harbors EOC, and eventually moved to the homes of whoever supplied the NC function.

Because of limited fire fighting resources from the Superior National Forest Service, on September 15 fire management transitioned from a Type 2 to the a Type 1. The fire was then managed by the Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team. Since the fire is now fairly well under control, on October 2 the fire management team was transitioned back to TYPE 2 and managed by the Superior National Forest team.

For excellent updates about the Pagami Creek Fire, please visit the InciWeb web site.

Currently we have personnel at: Temporary staffing location: Other locations that were previously staffed, but may open again: Information for Lake County RACES/ARES members and mutual aid volunteers: So far the activation has resulted in 633 hours volunteered: Other sources of information: [Any changes, errors, omissions on this web site need to be reported to Jeff KCØMKS]