New Fires in the BWCAW
Posted at: 09/13/2012 4:34 PM
| Updated at: 09/13/2012 6:07 PM
New fires are burning tonight in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The U.S. Forest Service says a 75 acre fire near Parley Lake was discovered yesterday. A ground crew is working to prevent the flames from spreading and aircraft are dumping water buckets on the hotspots.
A two-and-a-half acre fire is also being battled from the air on Hoist Bay. Some campsites have been closed because of the fire threat. Here is the current list of closures as of September 14th at 4:00 p.m.
The following lakes, campsites, and portages within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are closed:
Related to Hoist Lake Fire: Four Mile Portage, Ella Hall, Mud Lakes, Slumber, and Muskeg Lakes and campsites; the waters and campsites of Hoist and Back Bays of Basswood Lake, the portages from Pipestone to Back Bay, Back Bay toward Half Dog Island (a.k.a. Frog Portage), and from Hoist Bay to Good Lake.
Related to Parley Lake Fire: Sunday and Saturday Bay Campsites in Crooked Lake; Zones 5, 1, and 2 of the Sundial Primitive Management Area—all the lakes and waterways within that area including: the Beartrap River from Beartrap Lake north to Iron Lake, Parley, Sunday, Sundial, Bunggee, Sinneeg, and Ritual Lakes ; Travel will be allowed through the bays of Crooked Lake but camping will not be allowed on Sunday and Saturday Bays; Travel will NOT be allowed on the Beartrap River.
Related to Emerald Lake Fire (fire is on Canadian side of border) From the US/Canadian border on Knife Lake to the end of Ottertrack Lake, South Arm of Knife Lake, Little Knife Lake, Amoeber Lake, Topaz Lake, Cherry Lake, Hanson Lake, Lunar Lake, Lake of the Clouds, Rivalry Lake, Gijikiki Lake, Ester Lake, Ottertrack Lake, Rabbit Lake, Ashdick Lake. This includes area from the US/Canadian border heading south along the section lines of T 65 N, R 7 W, sections 21 and 28, including all campsites on islands and peninsulas on adjacent lands, lakes, portages, and campsites.
Closures are subject to change as conditions change. For updates regarding closures and restrictions, please see the Superior National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/superior