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Seagull Lake residents used boat to escape

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James Raml and his friend Ted Young had been hosing down Raml's home on the south shore of Seagull Lake for many hours on Sunday when they heard the wind had shifted.

The Ham Lake fire was running fast toward a stand of young jack pine, straight toward the line of homes at the end of Seagull Lake Road. Raml was about to tell Young it was time to pack up and go "when the next thing I know, I felt really hot, and I heard that roaring sound," Raml said on Monday.

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