ST. REGIS – The South Tamarack fire burning north of St. Regis had expanded to 13 acres as of Saturday morning.
Firefighters on the ground, as well as helicopter bucket drops and retardant planes, made "great progress" on the fire perimeter late Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire, burning 6 miles north of St. Regis in the Superior Ranger District, is 5 percent contained. It began at 8 p.m. Thursday and was caused by lightning.
High temperatures, low humidity and the fire burning in heavy blown-down timber challenged firefighters, the USFS reported, though fire managers said they were able to get a saw and hand line around the fire late Friday.
Firefighters will continue reinforcing existing hand lines Saturday and aircraft will be used as needed to manage spot fire activity.
Three Hotshot crews, three helicopters and a Type II Initial Attack Crew are working the fire.
A portion of Tamarack Creek Road No. 284 on South Fork Tamarack Road No. 4228 is closed.