Superior National Forest to loosen fire restrictions

The Superior National Forest announced that visitors may have campfires in designated fire grates in most campgrounds again, effective September 9.

With fall on the horizon, cooling temperatures and recent rains, the Superior National Forest said the risk of fire spreading rapidly has gone down.

Under the new guidance, this is what is allowed:

  • Campfires in designated fire rings that have been installed and are maintained by the Forest Service are allowed in the following fee campgrounds: Devils Track, East Bearskin, Flour Lake, Kimball Lake, Two Island Lake, Birch Lake, Fall Lake, Fenske Lake, S Kawishiwi River, Echo Lake, Lake Jeanette, Cadotte Lake, Pfeiffer Lake, Whiteface Reservoir, Crescent Lake, Divide Lake, Ninemile Lake, Sawbill Lake, and Temperance River campgrounds.
  • The use of pressurized devices with an on/off switch that are powered by gas or propane. This includes gas and propane powered devices such as stoves and lanterns.

This is what is still restricted:

  • Campfires in rustic campgrounds, backcountry sites, dispersed sites and the BWCAW are not allowed at this time, even with a designated fire grate.
  • Other open flames such as tiki torches, charcoal grills and barbeques are not allowed.
  • Campfires and the use of fee campgrounds which are currently CLOSED to the public: Trails End, Iron Lake, McDougal Lake and Little Isabella campgrounds.

More information about fire restrictions can be found here.