Fire Discovered on One of the Apostle Islands

Updated: 08/26/2014 5:40 PM
Created: 08/26/2014 5:37 PM

It turns out there's been a fire burning on one of the Apostle Islands for nearly a month, but no one noticed until last week.

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore said visitors notified staff of the fire on York Island last Thursday.  The flames can't be seen from the lake, but park rangers tracked the smell of smoke to an area less than one-tenth of an acre on the island's northwest edge.

They believe lightning started the fire in late July and it's been burning slowly in duff and downed vegetation.  Rain and humid conditions have limited the fire's growth.

Park officials say they'll let the fire burn itself out as long as the wet conditions continue.  The uninhabited island, which has three primitive campsites, remains open to the public.

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