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Boundary Waters permits available next week, but there won't be as many

The number available this year have been cut after increased visitation that's led to congestion and damage to natural resources.

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Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding

Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.

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White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

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Portion of Boundary Waters reopens, other MN fire closures remain

Rain and cooler temperatures have helped crews battle wildfires in northern Minnesota.

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BWCAW closure extended into September amid wildfire danger

Existing fires grew and more fires have popped up.

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'The rumors are true': Boundary Waters closed amid wildfire threat

This comes as the Greenwood fire doubles in size to over 9,000 acres.

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Bear sightings prompt food storage mandate up north

Visitors to the forest and BWCAW will be required to 'properly' store their food.

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Gallery: Home near the Boundary Waters on the market for $1.1 million

The home's wall of windows affords views of McFarland Lake and the wilderness.

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No campfires allowed in BWCAW or Superior National Forest

The campfire ban applies to all campsites in the forest, including those in the BWCAW.

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Colorado man dies after canoe capsizes during storm in Boundary Waters

He and another man were canoeing when a severe storm pushed through the area.

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Forest Service closes off more of BWCA due to nearby wildfires

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

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Parts of Boundary Waters closed near border due to wildfire threats

The closures will begin Saturday and last for at least seven days or until the situation is resolved.

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Bear briefly becomes armed after stealing gun in Boundary Waters

The main motivation for the theft was snacks, rather than weaponry.

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Wildfires in Superior National Forest cause closures, ban on campfires

Firefighters are currently working to suppress four wildfires in the area.

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Forest Service going back to in-person 'Leave No Trace' education for BWCAW

The agency had been requiring permit seekers to watch educational videos.

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Ely named one of the 15 best small towns to visit in 2021

Ely made the annual list released by the magazine.

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Lightning strike sparks another fire in BWCAW

Crews used a helicopter to help locate hotspots Thursday morning.

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Bezhik Fire destroys 4 structures, including a cabin

Responders say it is about 30% contained at this point.

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Wildfire begins pushing out of Boundary Waters, toward private property

The fire is estimated to be more than 900 acres in size.