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Isle Royale’s Horne Fire Continues to Burn, But is Contained

It only took one spark. The Horne Fire on Isle Royale started August 10th. Park staff suspect the fire started after a lightning strike that ignited the dry tinder on the forest floor. As of this weekend the fire is only 20% contained, and has burned close to 245 acres of forest on the east end of the island. 8 firefighters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and 21 firefighters from Virginia are aiding in efforts to control the fire’s spread. Park staff will continue to monitor the Horne Fire’s conditions. We will keep you updated on the situation as it develops.

The list of closure on Isle Royale is as follows

  • 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
  • Other areas if directed by fire personnel

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