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Minnesota National Guard
Team battles fire

An above normal number of wildfires have been recorded thus far this season due to a dry spring and summer with record high temps A lightning strike sparked the Cavity Lake fire, 44 miles northeast of Ely, Minn
"The conditions were right, the fuel was dry, the humidity was low and the winds were high," said Lt. Col. Terrance Sieben, Commander, 133rd MSF

The wildfire grew to approximately 28,500 acres Due to the size and nature of the fire, a National Incident Management Team arrived and took charge of the incident Governor Tim Pawlenty authorized an Emergency Executive Order to activate Guard personnel and equipment to combat the wildfire

Twenty-six National Guardsmen, including seven Airmen, were called to duty for this emergency mission Three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and nine support vehicles were used to battle the fire In addition to local firefighting crews, there were several personnel from the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and Wyoming

"It was really neat to see all these people work together," said Lt. Col. Sieben "These fire people have their planning and execution really well-thought-out"

Residential and commercial structures remained threatened along with Canadian border forests, and required immediate attention to deter the blaze

Not only were residents in the area displaced, portions of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness were closed to the approximately 2,500 daily visitors

Firefighters used a variety of techniques to help preserve the area "They wanted to try to fight this fire as naturally as possible," said Lt. Col. Sieben "So it can look ten years from now like it does today, not like a whole bunch of bulldozers came in and bulldozed out the area"

The mission objectives were met and the fire was contained after burning nearly 32,000 acres

By Staff Sgt Tyrell Heaton
Col. Sieben Cavity Lake Wildfire
133rd Airlift Wing supports Fire Fight 2006

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