UPDATE: ‘Little growth’ in wildfire on Isle Royale

A photo of a wildfire near Mt. Franklin on Isle Royale, Aug. 13, 2022.
A photo of a wildfire near Mt. Franklin on Isle Royale, Aug. 13, 2022.(NPS)
Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 12:36 PM EDT
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ISLE ROYALE, Mich. (WLUC) - Over the past two days, the National Park Service says favorable weather conditions slowed the spread of the Mt. Franklin Fire, allowing firefighters to lay hose line around the fire’s perimeter.

While significant progress suppressing the fire has occurred, the fire is not yet considered contained. The current fire acreage is estimated at 6 acres, reduced from initial estimates of 11 acres. Initial estimates are based on first-responder reports and are often adjusted as firefighters respond. There are currently minimal impacts to visitors with the exception of closures, and fire managers expect that to continue over the next few days.

With adequate firefighting resources on scene and a weather forecast that indicates continued high humidity levels and minimal winds, fire behavior is expected to be minimal. As fire conditions have improved, some closures have been lifted. Most significantly, the Rock Harbor Trail between Daisy Farm Campground and Rock Harbor is now open, allowing for continuous trail access between eastern and western areas of Isle Royale. Three Mile Campground has re-opened and Lane Cove Campground is open to water access, though the Lane Cove Trail remains closed.

While fire behavior is minimal, some tree torching has still been observed, and there is considerable concern about falling trees in the affected fire area. For the continued health and safety of visitors and employees, the following closures continue until further notice:

  • Greenstone Ridge Trail from the Ojibway Trail Junction, east to the Tobin-Duncan Portage Trail Junction
  • Lane Cove Trail (Lane Cove Campground is open for paddlers)
  • Mount Franklin Trail
  • Tobin Harbor Trail between the Mount Franklin Trail and Suzy’s Cave Trail (Suzy’s Cave Trail is open)
  • North side of the Three Mile Dock to allow unrestricted NPS vessel access
  • Cross-Country Camping Zones 8, 8A, 9A, 10, 11, 12, 33, 36 are closed for camping
  • Other areas if directed by fire personnel

An investigation regarding the cause of the fire is ongoing. Investigators are seeking information about an illegal fire and associated camp on the Mount Franklin Trail on the evening of August 12 and into the morning of August 13. If you have information that could help, submit a tip. You don’t have to tell the NPS who you are.

CALL or TEXT the Tip Line:  888-653-0009

ONLINE:   go.nps.gov/SubmitATip

EMAIL:   nps_isb@nps.gov

The fire status will be continually evaluated. Closed areas will be signed where possible and monitored to ensure compliance. These closures will remain in place until rescinded. Additional information will be added to the park website, Mt Franklin Fire 2022 - Isle Royale National Park, and on social media when it becomes available.

A 335-acre fire was also reported last year on the island.

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