John Elk Fire started with a lightning strike and is in a remote area 2.5 miles south of Little Saganaga Lake in the Wilderness. No fire-fighting crews have been sent in due to difficult access, limited aircraft resources and safety concerns. Crews will be put on the ground to fight this fire as soon as possible when conditions are safe. A helicopter with water drops is being used to knock down flames and limit the spread. It remains at 2 acres, smoldering and moving slowly. There are two wilderness ranger crews paddling the Louse River to contact permittees in the area and update them on fire conditions.