Campfire Restrictions Remain in Place for BWCA

By KBJR News 1

Campfire Restrictions Remain in Place for BWCA

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM CDT

Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- With no rainfall in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area over the weekend, the U.S. Forest Service is still enforcing the campfire rules for visitors of the wilderness area.

Campfires are only allowed between 7pm and midnight in the BWCA.

However, there is some good news on the fire fighting efforts in the wilderness area.

Fire crews were able to contain 100% of the Parley Lake Fire over the weekend which grew to 35 acres. Crews will continue to reinforce the fire lines in the area. The closures are lifted and campfire restrictions remain in effect.

Fire crews were also able to put out the Hoist Bay Fire in the BWCA, which reach 2 1/2 acres.

The Mora Lake Fire, which reached 3 acres, is also 100% contained.

All closures of lakes and portages associated with the Parley Lake Fire and the Hoist Bay Fire have been lifted, however campfire restrictions remain in place.

The Emerald Lake Fire on the Canadian side of the border is still very active and due the help of Canadian mapping, it shows the fire has reached to 720 acres. The U.S. Forest Service and Quetico continue to monitor this fire.

Closures associated with this fire include:
From the US/Canadian border heading south along the section lines of T65N, R7 W, sections 21 and 28, including all campsites on islands and peninsulas on adjacent lands, the following lakes, portages, and campsites are closed: from the US/Canadian border on Knife Lake to the east end of Swamp Lake, South Arm of Knife Lake, Little Knife Lake, Amoeber Lake, Topaz Lake, Cherry Lake, Hanson Lake, Clam Lake, Lunar Lake, Lake of the Clouds, Rivalry Lake, Gijikiki Lake, Ester Lake, Ottertrack Lake, Rabbit Lake, Ashdick Lake, and Swamp Lake. Portages from South Arm of Knife Lake to Bonnie Lake, South Arm of Knife Lake to Sema Lake, South Arm of Knife Lake to Eddy Lake, Swamp Lake to Saganaga Lake are closed. Northbound travel from Bonnie Lake, across the Bonnie Lake to South Arm Knife Lake portage, and west bound transit through the South Arm Knife Lake to Knife Lake and out of the closure area is allowed. Closure signs will be posted.

In addition to the active fires listed above, crews have put out 10 fires since the beginning of September. The summer of 2012 saw 54 fires total. 32 were caused by humans and 22 were caused by lightning.

As of this weekend, wildfires in 2012 burned 315 acres in Minnesota.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns