Forest Service enacts campfire ban in Superior National Forest including BWCA
WTIP has some very important breaking news for anyone heading into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Effective today, July 9, campfires are prohibited in the Boundary Waters wilderness and at dispersed campsites outside the wilderness.
The Forest Service says the following are prohibited:
Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire, fire including charcoal grills and barbecues, or coal or wood-burning stoves.
The use of a camp stove solely fueled by liquid petroleum or propane is still allowed.
Until this restriction is lifted, campfires are only allowed in approved fire structures that have been installed and maintained by the Forest Service in fee campgrounds, such as the Two Island or Devil Track campground. See the list of fee campgrounds here.
All other campfires are prohibited.
This ban on campfires will remain in effect until terminated by the Forest Supervisor.
The campfire ban follows the closure of some areas of the BWCA due to a fire in the Ely area. Because of the fire known as the Delta Fire, BWCA closures are now in effect at entry points: #56-Kekekabic Trail East and #74-Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank.
Also closed are following lakes, campsites, and portages: Parent, Disappointment, Jitterbug, Ahsub, Becoosin, Benezie, Adventure, Rifle, Bridge, Fire, Drag Primitive Management Area.