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Learning from the Pagami Creek Fire - 10th Anniversary Events

Multiple Events, March 11 - April 21, 2022

March 11,12 & 13 at Vermilion Community College NS111

Chainsaw Safety And Pile burning

Vermilion Community College Natural Resources instructor, Ryan Miller will lead sessions on chainsaw safety and use, small scale thinning and brush piling and burning to reduce hazardous woody debris. FREE event . Registration required. Additional info at Registration

March 22 , 12:00 – 1:00 PM  at the Grand Ely Lodge 

Overview: About the Pagami Creek Fire

Hosted by the Ely Tuesday Group presention by the USFS. FREE event. Attend in person or tune in from home.  For more details email

March 26, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM Vermilion Community College CL104

Prescribed Fire & USFS projects in surrounding area

Everything you always wanted to know about prescribed fire but were afraid to ask! Come hear the who, what, when, where, but most of all the HOW prescribed fire works, from safety to containment of smoke. Followed by  an overview of proposed USFS land management projects. Presentations by USFS. FREE event. See USFS Facebook page

March 26, 3:00 – 4:30 PM Vermilion Community College Theater

Shapiro & Smith Dance Company Presents Burning Air about The Great Hinckley Fire of 1894. This informal performance will be followed by a talk/discussion about the fire then and now and how this dance was created out of historical records and survivors’ stories. FREE event. 

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April 12  12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Grand Ely Lodge

Beneficial Effects of Fire Post Pagami Creek Fire

Hosted by the Ely Tuesday Group presentation by USFS,  FREE Event, attend in person or tune in from home. For more details email

April 20 and 21 at the Ely State Theater

Pagami Creek Fire Ten Years On: What we’ve learned

A two- day symposium on lessons learned from the Pagami Creek Fire. Includes visits to the 2021 Greenwood Lake fire site. This event is open to all, but may be of greatest interest to professional natural resource managers. Organized by the UMN Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. Fee for symposium participation. For more information and registation. See SFEC’s Upcoming Event page. 

April 21  6:00 – 8:00 PM Final Public Event at the Ely State Theater

Film: Oshkigin Spirit of Fire and Panel Discussion

A screening of a local 16-minute fire documentary followed by a discussion with tribal panelists on the value of Indigenous prespectives in transforming our relationship with fire and how we, as humans, relate to the whole community of life that we are part of.  Panelists from tribal nations within the 1842 and 1854 Treaty Areas. FREE event. 

Saturday morning walking trips with Bill Tefft, Ely Naturalist

Wildland Fire sites, prescribed fire sites and more!!!!! 

Everyone welcome! FREE event.  Get details at

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