Superior National Forest fire in rural Lake County grows to almost 7 square miles


August 20, 2021

Provided by USDA Forest Service

The Greenwood Fire in the Superior National Forest in rural Lake County is seen Tuesday night during night operations. The fire that has grown to more than six square miles was caused by lightning.

DULUTH – The Superior National Forest's Greenwood fire grew to almost 7 square miles Thursday night, officials said, expanding about 1,000 acres a day since its Sunday start.

The rural Lake County fire, which was started by a lightning strike, has grown on its western side, south of Stone Lake, and tends to get bigger in the late afternoon, incident commander Brian Pisarek said during a public meeting in Finland. It had grown to cover 6.69 square miles.

High temperatures, dead trees and winds from the south are quickly fueling the fire, as aircraft, heavy equipment and structure protection crews work to keep it east of County Hwy. 2.


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