Thursday afternoon Greenwood Fire update

3 PM 8/19/2021

Greenwood Fire

  • Greenwood fire has grown to 4,285 acres as of early Thursday afternoon, August 19
  • Date of origin was August 15, 2021, 10 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota
  • 145 total personnel
  • Fuels involved include Timber (Grass and Understory)
  • Estimated containment date is September 1, 2021

Greenwood fire will continue to spread north under current conditions. A wind shift to the northwest will occur Saturday which may cause the fire to spread farther southeast.

Some rain is possible over the Greenwood fire late Friday night-early Saturday morning, but rainfall amounts look fairly light at the moment.

Structures and critical power infrastructure will continue to be threatened near County Road 2, Stony Lake, McDougal Lake, and Highway 1

Whelp Fire

Current size was 15 acres as of late Thursday morning, August 19, 2021.

The Whelp Fire is located four miles northwest of Sawbill Lake in a remote area of the wilderness. A closure order for the Louse River area is in effect.

John Elk Fire

Current size was 3 acres as of late Thursday morning, August 19, 2021.

The John Elk fire is located in a remote area 2.5 miles south of Little Saganaga Lake in the Wilderness.


Extreme and Very High fire danger covers much of northern Minnesota once again today.

Burning Restrictions map for August 19, 2021


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