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Wildfire closes Isle Royale trails and campgrounds

Visitors were evacuated from two campgrounds Saturday and brought in from the Rock Harbor, Tobin Harbor, Mt. Franklin and Greenstone Ridge trails.

Isle Royale cow moose and calf
A cow moose and her calf feed along Hidden Lake on Isle Royale National Park in August 2021.
Steve Kuchera / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
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ISLE ROYALE — Several trails and campgrounds on the island were closed Sunday due to a 10-acre wildfire, according to a news release from Isle Royal National Park.

The fire was discovered early Saturday afternoon after reports of a plume of smoke coming from an apparent wildfire burning in the area of Three Mile campground. The initial assessment measured a 5-acre fire near the junction of Tobin Harbor Trail and Mt. Franklin Trail.

Later that day the fire grew to approximately 10 acres. To prevent further spread, a single air tanker from Minnesota dropped five loads of water on the fire late Saturday afternoon. Additional fire resources are expected to arrive to work on the fire later Sunday.

Visitors were evacuated from Three Mile campground and Lane Cove campground Saturday and visitors were contacted and brought in from the Rock Harbor, Tobin Harbor, Mt. Franklin and Greenstone Ridge trails. The following closures are in place until further notice: Mount Ojibway trail, Lane Cove trail and campground, Three Mile campground and dock, Greenstone Ridge trail from Daisy Farm trail junction to the Tobin-Duncan trail junction, Rock Harbor trail between Daisy Farm campground and Rock Harbor, Mt. Franklin trail, Tobin Harbor trail, Suzy's Cave trail, Cross-country camping zones 8, 8A, 9A, 10, 11, 12, 13, 33, and 36, and other ares if directed by fire personnel.

We look at how the park service and historic families grapple with what the future could look like on Isle Royale as an era winds down in the third and final part in the News Tribune's series on families that have cabins in Isle Royale National Park.

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