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Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

BWCAW and Superior National Forest Fire Ban Imposed


Rapid spring snowmelt combined with a lack of rain has heightened fire danger across much of Minnesota, especially in the northern portions of the state.

The Chippewa National Forest and Superior National Forest have issued fire restrictions that will begin on April 12, 2010.

Due to the increased concern about wildfires, campfires in remote locations will no longer be allowed on all lands within the Superior and Chippewa National Forests. Campfires or recreational fires will only be allowed in designated fire receptacles designed for such use and associated with a residence, dwelling, campground, or resort.

Campfires will not be allowed in dispersed areas of the national forests or within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Gas and propane camp stoves may be used in any area within the two National Forests.

"Campfires in fire rings should be monitored closely," stated Henry Goehle, from Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. “Fires start easily and spread at a fast rate. Unattended campfires are likely to escape.”

Restrictions on the two national forests will remain in place until further notice. These restrictions are concurrent with restrictions across a larger area in northern Minnesota.

For additional information, please contact the Chippewa National Forest at 218-335-8600 or Superior National Forest at 218-626-4300.

The above photo was taken in front of the Kawishiwi Ranger District building in Ely today.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how long the fire ban usually lasts? Our trip down is early June.



Jason Zabokrtsky said...

It's not unusual to have a fire ban in the spring after the snow melts and before things green up. This has been a particularly early and dry spring. Typically the spring fire bans go off by June or so, but it will all depend on how much rain we get. Definitely keep an eye on the fire restrictions. During this fire restriction, liquid fuel camp stoves are allowed. We can help if you'd like to rent a camp stove for your trip. Thanks for following the blog.