What should be a beautiful spring day here on Gunflint Lake is actually a very busy and tense one. As many of you know, there is a large forest fire burning west of us. Last July, the Cavity Lake fire burned in the BWCA about ten miles (as the crow flies) from our location here on the South Shore. In September, the Famine and Red Eye fires burned about five miles to the south of us. This time, it is the Ham Lake fire, and it is burning along the Gunflint Trail, north and west of us. I had hoped to give you a detailed description here of the events of the last few days, but I am needed outside to help Greg and the kids. So the most I can tell you for the moment is that we are all fine, we are not in immediate danger, and we are doing our best to keep things safe here, while helping our friends and neighbors as much as we can. We really appreciate all of the phone calls and emails that you have sent, and we also welcome your prayers that the wind does not keep blowing in all of the odd directions that have caused so much trouble already. I also wanted to share some links with you that you can go to for more information.
You can find maps of the fire, as well as the latest press statements as to size of the fire and what the plans are for the fire fighting efforts of the day. As we know more, we will post it here. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. If we don't get back to you right away, it's just that things are a bit hectic!
Barb, Greg, Paul and Addie