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Superior National Forest to hold 2 fire communication meetings in Isabella

Isabella on Aug. 25, 2021.
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Isabella on Aug. 25, 2021.

One meeting will focus on fire communications broadly and the other will discuss forming a network of communication ambassadors.

ISABELLA — The Superior National Forest is holding two public meetings about fire communications at the Isabella Community Center later this month.

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, and will focus on forming an informal network of fire communication ambassadors. Isabella community members interested in joining the network are encouraged to attend.

The second meeting is a general session to discuss fire communication plans moving forward. That meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.

In the meeting notices, Superior National Forest said it is "committed to improving our communication processes with the community of Isabella." Last month, a wildfire started from a prescribed burn near Isabella. The Fry Fire burned 186 acres, 49 of which were prescribed.

In 2021, hundreds were evacuated from the Isabella area after lighting sparked the Greenwood Fire. The fire burned nearly 27,000 acres from Aug. 15 to Oct. 1. Three years later, some residents say they are still frustrated by communications, or lack thereof, during and after the fire.

Both meetings will have a virtual option for those not able to attend in person. Here is the Teams meeting link for the June 20 meeting, and here is the Teams meeting link for the June 27 meeting.