REGIONAL – Much-needed rain last week helped ease fire danger in northern Minnesota, and prompted the Superior National Forest to lift campfire restrictions.The use of campfires, charcoal, and …
REGIONAL – Much-needed rain last week helped ease fire danger in northern Minnesota, and prompted the Superior National Forest to lift campfire restrictions.
The use of campfires, charcoal, and wood-burning camp stoves is 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 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.
• Extinguish the campfire with water using the “drown and stir” method, and make sure it is cold to the touch before leaving the area.