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Forest Service closes off more of Boundary Waters due to nearby Canadian wildfires

Officials are worried the Canadian fires could spread to the U.S.

The U.S. Forest Service has shut down access to even more of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), saying the risk posed by nearby Canadian wildfires is growing.

The agency announced the closure of 11 additional entry points late Saturday, effective Sunday (see the list below). In addition, all trails, campsites, portages and lakes that would be accessed by the just-closed entry points are off limits to visitors.

The reason, according to the U.S. Forest Service, is continuing wildfires in Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park that could spread to the United States. A recent recon flight noted an increase in fire behavior, the agency said, with materials that could fuel fires "pre-heating and becoming more volatile."

Here is a map of the closures, as of July 18, 2021:

These new closures will remain in effect for at least the next week, or until the situation is resolved.

Entry point closures effective July 18, 2021:

  • Little Indian Sioux River North #14
  • Moose / Portage River #16
  • Stuart River #19
  • Angleworm Lake #20
  • South Hegman Lake #77
  • Little Vermilion Lake #12
  • Lac La Croix Only #12a, Lac La Croix in and out of Canada #71
  • Blandin Trail #11
  • Herriman Lake Trail #13
  • Sioux-Hustler Trail #15
  • Angleworm Trail #21

Entry points shut down July 17:

  • Tick Pristine Management Area
  • Sundial Pristine Management Area (Zones 1,2 and 5)
  • #22 Mudro-Restricted Entry Point
  • #23 Mudro Entry Point
  • Crooked Lake travel zone
  • Campsites North of Gun Lake

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