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A Celebration of Community: Remembering the Ham Lake Fire 2007

Saturday, May 6, 2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Seagull Lake Community Center
7 Seagull Lake Access Road
Gunflint Trail, MN

This is a time to share memories of the Ham Lake Fire.  Food and beverages provided.  Guest presentations and images from the fire.  Anyone affected by the Ham Lake Fire is welcome to attend.

This is the 10 year anniversary of the Ham lake Fire, which burned 75,443 acres in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, the second largest fire in Minnesota since 1918 (Pagami Fire in 2011 at 93,000 acres) .  One hundred, thirty-three (133) total structures were lost in the first few days of the Ham Lake Fire on the Minnesota side.   Sixty-one were residences, 17 commercial, and 55 were outbuilding and other structures.  The estimated value of lost buildings from Cook County Assessor’s office was $3.7 million.  Many residents lost cherished family cabins.  As the fire grew and spread nearly the entire Gunflint Trail area was evacuated to Grand Marais.  In Grand Marais evacuees gathered for meetings at the school and Community Center, and at Bethlehem Lutheran Church to share meals.  A strong sense of community formed.