Pagami fire shelters worked

Today the Forest Service released an analysis regarding use of fire shelters during the 2011 Pagami Creek Wildfire on the Superior National Forest. And it was good news.

The deployment of the fire shelters occurred in the afternoon of September 12, 2011 when strong winds drove the Pagami Creek Wildfire on an unprecedented 16- mile run that trapped six wilderness rangers in the Insula Lake area of the BWCAW. 

A fire shelter is a small, tent-like heat-resistant covering that fire fighters carry folded in a small case.  Its intended use is for situations such as the Pagami event where fire fighters cannot escape an approaching wildfire.

According to Forest Service spokesperson Kris Reichenbach, all of the wilderness rangers were carrying fire shelters and trained in their use, and none were injured.