Burn ban on in the Superior National Forest

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The Forest Service is prohibiting any burning in the Superior National Forest with some exceptions.

A spokesperson said that’s due to dry conditions, current fire activity, and limited resources.

People cannot have a campfire or use charcoal grills or wood burning stoves.

Exceptions include:

  • Campfires in structures installed and maintained by the Forest Service
  • People using a pressurized liquid or gas stove or grill
  • People with a permit specifically authorizing the burning
  • Federal, state, and local officers

The Forest Service said noncompliance could mean fines of up to $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for organizations.

There are currently four fires burning in the Superior National Forest:

  • Delta Fire: 62 acres
    • South of Snowbank Lake, 19 miles east of Ely
    • Burning in heavy blowdown
    • Believed to be caused by lightning
  • Hassel Fire: 10 acres
    • West of Crab Lake and Burntside Lake, 10 miles northeast of Tower
    • Originally reported June 4, has been on "patrol and monitor" status
    • More fire activity reported July 8
  • Astray Fire: 1 acre
    • East of Clearwater Lake inside BWCA, 11 miles east of Ely
    • Presumed to be caused by lightning
  • Picketts Lake Fire: 1/10th acre
    • South of Picketts Lake, 4 miles northeast of Ely
    • Presumed to be started by lightning

An incident command team has taken over management of all four fires as of Friday evening.

Two BWCA entry points are closed:

  • No. 56: Kekekabic Trail East
  • No. 74: Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank

There are also closed campsites, lakes and portages in the BWCA:

  • Parent
  • Disappointment
  • Jitterbug
  • Ahsub
  • Becoosin
  • Benezie
  • Adventure
  • Rifle
  • Bridge
  • Fire
  • Drag Primitive Management Area