Thanks to cool and damp weather and continued firefighting efforts, three fires in the Superior National Forest have remained roughly the same size for several days.

The Greenwood Fire, about 10 miles south of Isabella, remained at approximately 26,000 acres and at 37% containment. There were 428 personnel assigned to the fire on Sunday. Fire crews have continued to secure the fire perimeter to ensure the safety of residents as they return to their homes.

The Sheriff's Office had previously lifted the evacuation in the Slate Lake area and along Lake County Highway 2, between Forest Road 11 and Minnesota Highway 1, including Greenwood Lake, Sand Lake and Dunka River Road areas. No new evacuations have been lifted since Thursday.

Closures remain in place on Lake County Highway 1 from New Tomahawk Road to Lankinen Road. Parts of the forest remain closed due to the fire, visit the Superior National Forest to see the full map and list of closures.

John Ek and Whelp fires remain uncontained

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The John Ek and Whelp fires on Sunday, Sept. 5 both remain at 0% contained. The John Ek is roughly 1,350 acres and the Whelp is roughly 50 acres.
Contributed / Superior National Forest
The John Ek and Whelp fires on Sunday, Sept. 5 both remain at 0% contained. The John Ek is roughly 1,350 acres and the Whelp is roughly 50 acres. Contributed / Superior National Forest

Both the John Ek and Whelp fires have remained roughly the same size since Thursday.

The John Ek Fire remains at 1,350 acres and is 0% contained. Crews made progress in clearing portages and setting up sprinkler systems. Crews have worked on establishing a contingency fire line on the north, west and east sides of the fire. Structure protection crews have continued doing FireWise work on the south side of the Gunflint Trail from Poplar Lake to Round Lake to Tuscarosa Lodge.

The Whelp Fire remains at 50 acres and 0% contained. Crews have also worked to create contingency lines from Phoebe Lake to Grace Lake and continued to Beth Lake on Sunday.

With stronger, gusty winds, some creeping and surface spread in exposed try marsh grasses is possible, but no significant fire movement is anticipated.

Upper Gunflint Trail residents have remained in a "ready" status, with no mandatory evacuations in place. There are several closures in the forest surrounding these fires, visit the Superior National Forest website for a full listing.