BWCA Bans Camp Fires Until Further Notice

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Press Release from the US Forest Service


FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT APRIL 12 ON CHIPPEWA and SUPERIOR NATIONAL FORESTS

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.

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