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Fire Danger: BWCA restricts campfires until further notice

DULUTH, MN-- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a statement Tuesday regarding restrictions on lighting fires or campfires, this is to reduce the likelihood of a wildfire.

Exemptions to this would be, the use of a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas fuels (pressurized liquid or gas stove) and campfires in approved fire rings in select areas.

With the current drought data showing ‘abnormally dry’ and ‘moderate drought’ conditions, officials want to take precautions to prevent any wildfires.

Use of campfires is limited to the following Forest Service campgrounds:

Birch Lake Campground
Fall Lake Campground
Fenske Lake Campground
South Kawishiwi River Campground
Whiteface Reservoir Campground
Cadotte Lake Campground
Sawbill Campground
Crescent Lake Campground
Temperance River Campground
East Bearskin Campground
Flour Lake Campground
Iron Lake Campground
Trails End Campground
Devils Track Campground
Two Island Campground

Where campfires are allowed, campers are urged to be extra vigilant when building and extinguishing campfires and carry out the following:

Use the provided fire ring at developed campsites.

Think before you strike a match.

Check for fire restrictions and monitor conditions for extreme fire behavior signs, such as high winds and temperatures.

Limit fires to night-time hours or consider not having a campfire.
Don’t build a campfire near low hanging 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 of the campfire.

Have a shovel and water available at the campfire site for extinguishing campfires.

Never leave your campfire unattended. Even a light breeze could cause the fire to escape.

Extinguish the campfire with water, make sure it is cold to the touch before leaving the area.

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Molly Wasche

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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