July 2, 1974
- Dryden-18’s base camp is located at Pine Beach. A road is bulldozed into the former fly-in camp.
- Fire Boss: Jon Schreiber; Suppression Boss: Jack Russell.
- The Hawkcliff Lake fire is up to 39,000 acres (15,783 ha). It is now an amalgamation of three lightning fires that started on June 29.
- 29 fires are burning in the Red Lake District.
- Three large fires 40 miles west of Red Lake are burning a total of 33,800 acres (13,680 ha).
- 78 fires burning in the region, totaling 100,000 acres (40,470 ha).
- 300 firefighters are in the bush.
- 10 helicopters, 5 Trackers, 1 DC-6, 1 Canso, 2 Twin Otters, 4 Otters, 5 Turbo Beavers and associated bird dog aircraft are being used in air attack.
- 15 additional fixed-wing aircraft are being used for fire servicing.
- Pickle Lake has 17,000 acres (6,880 ha) burning in 18-20 separate fires, according to Gurney Baverstock at the Sioux Lookout base.
- A high altitude infra-red aircraft arrives from Boise, ID.
July 6 & 7
- The fire’s base camp at Pine Beach is partially evacuated on July 6. Food, supplies and equipment are moved to Vermilion Bay. Six hours later, after a concentrated air tanker operation, everything is moved back to Pine Beach.
- Areas of the fire moved to within 5 miles of Vermilion Bay. A voluntary evacuation of Vermilion Bay and surrounding tourist camps is requested. 1,200 are evacuated while 300 remain behind.
- By late July 7, Dryden-18 is at 55,000 acres (28,259 ha).
- 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of that are a result of burning out operations on July 6 and 7.