Mt Franklin Fire FAQ


Mt Franklin Fire Basics
Updated 8/22/22, 4:00 PM

The Mount Franklin Fire is now 100% contained. All effected trails, campgrounds, and docks are open. Effected cross country camping zones remain closed.

Hazards may still exist. If hiking through the burn area, stay on the trail for your safety. Rock cairns are in place on the Mount Franklin Trail to guide hikers through the burn area.

Review the Mt Franklin Fire main page for more information.

Acreage: Estimated at 6 acres (reduced from initial estimates of 11 acres due to active personnel mapping the fire's boundaries. Initial estimates are based on first-responder reports and are often adjusted).
Percent Contained: 100%
Resources Assigned: 

  • NPS wildland fire personnel and park rangers 8/13/22
  • SEAT aircraft on evening of 8/13/22 
    • Dropped five loads of water (approximately 4000 total gallons) 
  • Incident Commander from the Hiawatha N. Forest 8/14/22  
  • Fire crew of 10 from Minnesota 8/14/22 (departed 8/21/22)

Fire Management Strategy: Suppress



Are there trail closures?

No. All effected trails are now open. When hiking through the burn area, stay on the trail for your safety.

Are there campground and dock closures?

Yes. Cross country camping zones 11A and 12A remain closed. All other effected campgrounds and docks are now open.

How long will closures last?

Unknown, firefighters are evaluating fire conditions and monitoring weather forecasts.


Fire Basics

How large is the fire?

See top of page.

What caused the fire?

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Investigators are seeking information about an illegal fire and associated camp on the Mount Franklin Trail the evening of August 12 and into the morning of August 13. If you have information that could help, please submit a tip. You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know:
CALL or TEXT the Tip Line: 888-653-0009

Who and what resources are assigned to the fire?

See top of page.

Are all visitors safe and evacuated from closed campground and trails?

Rangers hiked all closed trails on August 14 and continue to assist affected visitors.

Are there photos of the fire?

Yes, in the Mt Franklin Fire Photo Gallery.


What is open in Rock Harbor?

Is Rock Harbor Lodge, Marina, and Trading Post open?


Are any trails open in the Rock Harbor Area?

Yes, all trails effected by the fire are now open.

Are transportation services operating?

Yes, the Queen IV, Voyageur II, Ranger III, and seaplane are all operating out of Rock Harbor.

Last updated: August 25, 2022

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