Early July timeline

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.
One end of the base camp helipad

One end of the base camp helipad. Image provided by Rick Tyefisher.

July 3

  • 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).

July 4

  • 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.

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