Campfire Restrictions Still in Place in BWCA; Six Fires Still Burning

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Campfire Restrictions Still in Place in BWCA; Six Fires Still Burning

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM CDT

Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The campfire restrictions are still in place across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with six fires still burning in the area and continued dry conditions.

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

Multiple fires in the wilderness area have closed off access to many lakes and a few trails due to the flames.

Fire crews have been able to contain 10% of the Parley Lake Fire which is burning 35 acres in the BWCA. Aircraft continue to drop water on the fire and a ground crew is in the scene to contain the flames.

This fire has closed off campsites on Sunday and Saturday Bays of Crooked Lake, the Beartrap River, and Zones 1, 2, and 5 of the Sundial Primitive Management Area are closed. Travel through Sunday and Saturday Bays is still being allowed.

Fire crews have been able to contain 75% of the Hoist Bay Fire. Ground crews and aircraft continue to battle this fire.

The fire Hoist Bay Fire has forced the closure of Four mile portage, Ella Hall, Muskeg, Slumber, and Mud Lakes (out of Fall Lake) plus Back Bay and Hoist Bay of Basswood. Additional portage closures include Pipestone to Back Bay, Back Bay toward Half Dog Island/Basswood, and from Hoist Bay to Good Lake.

Quetico and U.S. personnel continue to monitor the Fort Frances Fire #53 that is burning on the Canadian side of the border.

The Emerald Lake Fire has expanded from 300 acres to 500 acres and continues to be very active. This fire remains on the Canadian side of the border.

This fire has closed off travel 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.

Ground and air crews are working to put out the Peterson Lake Fire (one quarter of an acre) and the Mora Lake Fire (one tenth of an acre).

Posted to the web by Krista Burns

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