Forest Service to implement campfire restrictions in the BWCAW

In light of continued dry and windy conditions, the U.S. Forest Service will implement campfire restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on the Superior National Forest.

Beginning Saturday, May 19, 2012, campfires, charcoal or wood-burning camp stoves will be allowed only between 7 pm and midnight within the entire BWCAW. 

Use of gas and propane cook stoves is allowed at any time of day.

For details regarding current conditions on the Superior National Forest, please check with one of the Forest offices or visit the Forest web site at: www.fs.usda.gov/superior.

In Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources administers fire restrictions for lands other than national forest system lands.  For information regarding State restrictions and policy, check the Minnesota Interagency Fire Information Site:  www.mnics.org

Fire officials add a few other reminders for campfires.
* Use only a designated fire ring.
* Don’t have a fire if it too windy or if high winds are predicted.
* Clear flammable materials from the area up to five feet from the fire.
* Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
* Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
* Make sure fire is completely out, cold to the touch, before leaving it unattended.