The Whelp Fire, another lightning-caused fire, is 4 miles west/northwest of Sawbill Lake.  Similar to the John Elk Fire, this fire is in a remote area of the Wilderness. No fire-fighting crews have been sent in due to difficult access, limited helicopter resources and safety concerns. Aircraft will perform water drops to suppress this fire as we continue to gather information.  On August 16th, a 2-person wilderness ranger crew will paddle the Louse River to contact permittees near the Whelp Fire. It is currently at 5 acres. 

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