Rahkola Road Fire Final Update
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10:00 am
MNICS Team C, Incident Commander Jim Edgar
Fire Information: 218-214-7844, 8 am – 7 pm
Location: West of Embarrass, Minnesota in the Four Corners area (County
Highway 21 and Highway 135)
Incident Logistics: Size-60 acres; Containment-95%; Structures damages/destroyed-0; Injuries-None; Date Detected: June 18, 2021; Cause–Powerline; Resources: Engines-2; Tracked Vehicles-3; Crews-2; Personnel-44.
Yesterday’s Accomplishments: An infrared heat detection flight Monday
morning located a few small pockets of heat. Crews mopped up detected hot
spots in the interior and at the perimeter of the fire. Gusty winds were a
concern, especially around snags, or standing dead trees. Crews cut high-risk
snags as they were encountered, and 95% containment was achieved by end of
shift. Although a dozer line or state highway encircle the fire area, a portion
has unburned fuels between the burned area and dozer line, known as indirect
fire line. Until the fire is extinguished in these areas and is determined unlikely
to spread, the fire will not be considered 100% contained.
Today’s Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue to patrol and grid the fire and seek out any pockets of heat and put them out. Mop-up continues and fire suppression rehabilitation will begin. Rehab is when crews remove fire equipment and stabilize disturbed areas to minimize soil erosion. At start-of-shift tomorrow, command of the fire will be turned over to Tower DNR Forestry. MNICS Team C will be demobilized and returning to their home units on Wednesday, June 23.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Scattered showers are expected to develop later in the morning and linger through the afternoon and early evening. Chance of showers is 30%; isolated lightning is possible with some of these showers. Rainfall is expected to be less than a tenth of an inch. South winds up to 5 mph shifting to the southwest 2-8 mph in late morning and afternoon. Gusts up to 18 mph. Relative humidity in the 30s and 40s in the greater Arrowhead region.
Dry weather conditions in Minnesota have created drought conditions throughout the northern part of the state. Burning permits are currently restricted and limited to agency activations in northern St. Louis County. Please see https://dnr.state.mn.us for the latest fire danger and burning restrictions. Whether you’re in a state forest or in your backyard, campfires should be constructed and maintained with safety in mind. Use a designated fire ring or build a campfire three feet in diameter or less in an area cleared of combustible materials 5 feet in all directions. Use water and stir the ash thoroughly to extinguish the fire before you leave.
Air Operations: Flying drones over the fire is prohibited. If drones are detected, air operations will stop.
Closures: There are no road closures currently in place. If smoke and fire activity increase near the roadways, traffic control restrictions will be put in place.
Firewise: Despite the recent rain and green-up of vegetation, many areas of northern Minnesota are experiencing drought conditions. An unintentional spark from a campfire or other outdoor activity in abnormally dry conditions could ignite a wildfire. (dnr.state.mn.us/firewise/livingw888ithfire/)
Cooperating Agencies: Minnesota DNR, USFS, Tower Ambulance, Embarrass Volunteer Fire Department