Greenwood Fire grows by another 4,000 acres

Nearly 500 people were working on the fire Thursday.

Crews monitor a tactical burn along a Minnesota Highway 1 on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in order to improve containment of the Greenwood Fire. Contributed / Superior National Forest
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The Greenwood Fire has grown since Wednesday by about another 4,000 acres to an estimated 25,991 acres.

Firefighters reduced fire fuel around cabins and other structures Wednesday in order to better protect them, according to a joint news release from the responding agencies. Crews also made a fire line along part of the fire to the west of Lake County Highway 2.

Crews plan to continue minimizing the amount of burnable natural fuels near homes and the edge of the fire. Nearly 500 people were working on the fire Thursday.

The fire has already destroyed 12 primary structures , including cabins and homes, and 57 outbuildings. It continues to threaten more dwellings and recreational sites, the release said. The fire is not threatening Ely, Babbitt, Finland, Brimson or any communities on the North Shore.


The Greenwood Fire was estimated to be 25,991 acres on Thursday, Aug. 26. Contributed / Superior National Forest


  • At least 12 dwellings lost to Greenwood Fire around McDougal Lake The fire has grown by a couple thousand acres since Tuesday.
  • Red Cross volunteers prepared to help Greenwood Fire evacuees So far the shelter in Babbitt has only had one client, but American Red Cross shelter staff are prepared to care for more if further evacuations are ordered.

The Greenwood Fire was first detected Aug. 15 about 15 miles southwest of Isabella. The fire is between Greenwood Lake and the intersection of highways 1 and 2.
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  • Lake County Highway 2 is closed from Forest Highway 11 to Minnesota Highway 1.
  • Highway 1 is closed from New Tomahawk Road to Lankinen Road.
  • Part of the Superior National Forest is closed. It extends across areas within the Kawishiwi, Laurentian and Tofte ranger districts.
  • A temporary flight restriction is in place over the area.
  • The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closed to all visitors through at least Sept. 3.
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