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Superior National Forest Lifts Campfire Ban

Jul 10, 2020 02:30PM ● By Editor

From the U.S. Forest Service - July 10, 2020


Due to widespread heavy rains over the last few days, the Superior National Forest is lifting the current campfire restrictions starting today July 10, 2020. The use of campfires, charcoal, and wood-burning camp stoves are again allowed on all national forest system lands at all times of the day within the Superior National Forest. 

Visitors are reminded that the region is currently in summer fire season and there is always a potential for wildfires.  Forest visitors are urged to use care with campfires and consider the following:

  • Think before you strike a match. Check for fire restrictions and monitor conditions for extreme fire behavior indicators such as high winds and high temperatures.
  • Use the provided fire rings at developed campsites, and mandatory fire grates at Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) campsites.
  • Select a level campsite with a fire ring or grate that is a safe distance away from trees, low overhead branches, shrubs, dry grass, or logs to prevent the fire from escaping. Clear all flammable material, such as stacked firewood or gear, within 5 feet.
  • Never leave your fire unattended. Even a light breeze could cause the embers and flames to spread into surrounding Forest. 
  • When in the front country, have a shovel and water available at the campfire site for extinguishing campfires. When in the BWCAW, bring a collapsible bucket and something to safely stir the ashes.
  • Extinguish the campfire with water using the “drown and stir” method, and make sure it is cold to the touch before leaving the area.
  • Possibly forgo campfires on hot, dry, windy days.

 

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