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Contact: Scott Bressler, 218-283-6658
International Falls, MN - After the recent warm and dry weather, activity has increased on the Tooth Lake Fire in Voyageurs National Park. As of October 6, 2011 the Tooth Lake Fire is 5-10 acres and is burning in mixed pine and hardwood timber. The fire will be active through the weekend and is anticipated to grow to the north. The park's fire management staff has been monitoring the fire using aircraft since it was detected. Due to its location, accessibility issues, fire fighter safety, and few values at risk, the current action on the fire will be to continue to monitor it daily. Other criteria include current and forecasted weather, current and expected fire behavior, availability of fire fighting resources, and proximity to private cabins or lands, or park infrastructure.The Tooth Lake Fire is located east of Tooth Lake and approximately 2 miles south of Namakan Lake, and approximately 10 miles northwest of Crane Lake. The fire was detected on August 28 and reported through the U.S Forest Service.About the National Park Service: More than 20,000
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