Oct 22-00

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2000: October: Oct 22-00
Fighting Fires in the Porcupine Mountains    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dan Urbanski

Dan Urbanski on Sunday, October 22, 2000 - 04:13 pm:

As of late Saturday the fire had burned over 1000 acres in the Park's interior. I followed a crew of reinforcements to the northeast quadrant of the blaze, the "hottest" part. We chased the fire line over a long and steep hill and met another crew engaged in containing active flames from further advancement.

At the front line
The fire is at surface, consuming fallen leaves and dry deadfalls. Only limited areas saw fire extending to the forest canopy on Friday. Most of the burned areas will likely not damage living trees. Hopefully, continued calm winds will keep the fire from doing much more serious damage. Of course, the threat to this wilderness won't cease until all the coals are out. Rain is not in the forecast, so everyone is nervous about the situation.
Remains of burned tree
There were about sixty people working to contain the fire, from White Pine and Ontonagon to Crystal Falls, Baraga and Marquette. These folks were working very hard, since most of the work is done by hand with rakes and shovels intstead of bulldozers that are usually applied. This on top of long, tough walks to access the burning areas. The smoke, while not choking, was a constant irritation.
Your reporter on the scene
That's a fire resistant shirt, with a portable fire shelter on the belt, camera in hand. It was an experience of a lifetime, but I hope I never have such an interesting opportunity like this again.

Dan Urbanski
Dan U on Sunday, October 22, 2000 - 10:59 pm:

Porkies fire update, Sunday October 22:

Officials are satisfied the fire line has been strengthened adequately to contain the blaze. Today's estimate is 1400 acres have been singed.

By Ellen, Florida on Monday, October 23, 2000 - 12:34 am:

I can definitely relate to the fear of brush fires, or woods fires, we had fire trucks right in our yard trying to save our home when we had the terrible fires here in Florida. I can smell the smoke looking at Dan's photos. Our home was saved, thank the Lord. Thank you to all the firefighters for doing such urgent work!

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