Here is an aerial photo that was posted on the Internet by the Soo Evening News.
Here is a DNR photo of the flames.
Below is a map of the active fire area, which is long and narrow. Right in the middle on the Lake Superior Shoreline section of the active fire is the location of Rainbow Lodge. Owner Kathy Robinson called me the middle of the day on Thursday and ordered a case of my agate books. They were evacuated early Thursday evening, according to DNR sources. Sometime Thursday night the fire spread that way. It appears that the Rainbow Lodge is no longer standing. I didn't hear until after I dropped the case of books off at the post office yesterday. I immediately went back to the post office to stop shipment. My heart goes out to Kathy and Richard Robinson, as well as to everyone else who has lost structures to this fast spreading fire. Thankfully, there have been no injuries due to aggressive mandatory evacuations.
I must admit that the fire upset me, so I decided to take a long hike in the dunes.
I parked at Sable Falls and walked through the woods into the dunes.
I love these little plants.
Even dandelions can be beautiful.
A reversed Photoshop version....
A close up....
This is the path that goes through the transition zone.
Distant white birch trees....
Some of the evergreens have so much new growth that they look abnormal.
I could tell that the sunset was going to be terrific.
After hiking to the middle of the dunes, I headed back northeast toward the Ghost Forest.
Along the way I spotted this dune resident home.
Below is a Photoshoped version of some dune flowers.
There were some high clouds that the setting sun had to clear.