Greenwood fire leaves scars on Superior National Forest
September 9, 2021
ISABELLA, Minn. - Authorities offered a first look Wednesday at the stark, charred landscape left behind by northern Minnesota's Greenwood fire, a 41-square-mile wildfire that continues ravaging a large swath of the Superior National Forest after nearly four weeks.
Vast stands of red and white pines along county Hwy. 2 were scorched but still rooted in a blackened carpet, needles stripped bare or burnt to a deep orange. A nearly century-old section of trees near the Jackpot Trail endured the worst of the Aug. 23 eruption, when drought, heat and roaring wind whipped up thundering flames that reached 75 feet high and doubled the fire's footprint in a matter of days, destroying 14 cabins and homes.
"That was one of the most significant fire days I've seen in my career here in Minnesota," said Patrick Johnson, a fire behavior analyst.