Campfires have been banned in Superior National Forest due to recent wildfires and dry conditions in the area.
As of Friday, campfires are banned in the national forest, which includes Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Campfires are only allowed in approved fire structures maintained by the forest.
Multiple lakes, campsites and portages are also closed.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, two wildfires were reported on Wednesday in the western area of the forest. On Thursday, two more fires were detected. Recent drought conditions in northeastern Minnesota are also making the situation worse.
The Delta Fire, the biggest of the four fires, is currently 62 acres in size and is located 19 miles east of Ely.
The Astray Fire is around one acre and is located 11 miles east of Ely, while the Picketts Lake Fire is around one-tenth acre and located four miles northeast of Ely. The Hassel Fire is currently 10 acres and located 14 miles northwest of ely.
Firefighters are continuing to work to suppress all four fires. Visitors to the area can expect to see aircrafts meant to track and contain the fires.
The Kekekabic Trail East and Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank entry points at Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are currently closed.
The following lakes, campsites and portages are also currently closed due to the wildfires:
- Drag Primitive Management Area