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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

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

Friday, September 28, 2012

BWCAW Campfire Restrictions Lifted

Superior National Forest
September 27,  2012
Contact:   Kris Reichenbach, 218-626-4393

Forest Service Lifts Campfire Restrictions in BWCAW and Re-opens Areas in Knife Lake Area

Due to cooling temperatures and shorter days, the Forest Service is lifting restrictions that previously limited the hours for campfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).  Wilderness visitors may now use campfires, charcoal, and wood-burning camp stoves at all hours of the day. 

Forest managers have also determined that it is safe to re-open the area inside the BWCAW along the Canadian border and around Knife Lake to public use.  Reconnaissance of the Emerald Lake/Ft. Frances #59 wildfire  indicated very little evidence of active fire behavior.  The area inside the BWCAW was closed earlier this month while the fire was actively burning on the Canadian side.  Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire area.

Dry, sunny weather is inviting visitors to the Forest to view fall colors and for early hunting season.  Forest managers ask that everyone continues to be extra careful with all open fires as conditions are still dry in the woods. 

For updates regarding conditions on the Superior National Forest, please check the Forest web site at:www.fs.usda.gov/superior.

For information regarding fire conditions and restrictions across Minnesota, check the Minnesota Interagency Fire Information website at:   www.mnics.org

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