The day was so gusty—and we worried as we saw big plumes to our north in the afternoon. Jake (our lynch pin staff member) continued to motor supplies all afternoon. We hosed down the houses, then evacuated once again—and headed down the Gunflint Trail.
All looks good at Tuscarora and Hungry Jack Outfitters today. Also, it looks good on the south shore of Gunflint Lake. Dave reports sky is blue, the smoke has lifted—a beautiful day. It appears to be a perfect day to get some of the campers out of the woods nearby. Jim Holz and Jim Colbert from the Iowa State group are camped near Poplar Lake—I’m sure they’ll come out reluctantly on this clear day—with the east wind blowing the fires/smoke away from them.
It’s funny how a person can’t stay in a state of crisis for days on end—somehow it must be human nature to try to make a new normal. We waiver between evacuation and buisiness as usual—helping the Seatons evacuate—Daves guitars, Nancy’s artwork, Ben and Will’s legos—-sadly considering the possibilities—to a cool calm day when we unload dried food and prepare for the season ahead. I still have high hopes for Tuscarora, with all of the “buffer fires” that occurred in this past week. As of last night the sprinklers were still running, creating a humidity bubble. .
As the evacuation teams keep track of everyone, they’re also keeping track of a wolf that is wondering near Tuscarora—our resident guy. He’s fine too.