8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016


  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
You can see the smokes in the background
Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Acreage:  1000


  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
railroad tracks with smoke in background
Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)


The following events have occurred on this fire.


  • Fire Started


  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.


  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s.  Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest
Fire burns its own path in the forest. (Courtesy: Inciweb)



  • 300 Fire Personnel from 12 States
  • 3 Type 1 Engines
  • 7 Dozers
  • 1 Type 1 Helicopter
  • 1 Type 2 Helicopter

Mutual Aid:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • MN DNR
  • Aurora VFD
  • Hoyt Lakes FD
  • Palo FD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriff’s Office
  • N. St. Louis Co. Rescue Squad
  • East Range PD
  • Palo VFD
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • DNR Conservation Officers
  • USFS Law Enforcement
Fire in ground litter
Fire behavior is too obvious in where it is headed with a mind of its own. (Courtesy: Inciweb)


County Roads:

  • 565
  • 569

Forest Service:

  • 120
  • 420
  • 795
  • 113



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