Burn ban on in the Superior National Forest | www.WDIO.com

Burn ban on in the Superior National Forest

Updated: July 09, 2021 10:43 PM
Created: July 09, 2021 08:06 PM

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

Copyright 2021 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Man dies in a fatal crash in downtown Duluth

Duluth Bethel holds their first ever Concert for Recovery

UMD hosts it's 9th annual Farm Fest

DPA's Top Ten Most Endangered Places of 2021 list released

Lake Superior Stormwater Chalkfest "draws" attention to storm-water runoff

4 accused of plotting school attack on Columbine anniversary