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Strong winds fuel fire at Isle Royale

Saturday’s strong winds have helped the Horne Fire on Isle Royale reach 200 acres in size. The National Park Service says ongoing drought conditions and expected elevated fire danger for the rest of the week are causing some areas on the island to close. A full list of the restricted sites is below.

  • Lane Cove Trail and Campground
  • Greenstone Ridge Trail East of Mount Franklin Junction
  • Mount Franklin Trail between the Greenstone Ridge Trail and the Tobin Harbor Trail (the 1/2 mile section of the Mount Franklin Trail between the Tobin Harbor Trail and Rock Harbor Trail will remain open as conditions allow)
  • Duncan Bay Campground and Dock
  • Duncan Bay/Tobin Harbor Portage Trail
  • Duncan Narrows Campground and Dock
  • Tobin Harbor Dock (with the exception of the seaplane dock for the concessions seaplane operation as conditions allow)
  • Hidden Lake Dock
  • Hidden Lake Trail and Lookout Louise
  • Merritt Lane Campground and Dock
  • Stoll Trial and Scoville Point
  • Cross-Country Camping Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 34, 35, 36 are closed for camping as well as cross-country day use

Isle Royale National Park says if conditions change, more closures may be necessary. The seaplane will maintain operations, although the rest of Tobin Harbor is inaccessible at this time. The Horne Fire is located in the extreme northeast section of the island. A National Weather Service – Marquette tweet describes how it ballooned in size Saturday.

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