Campfire and Open Restrictions Take Effect
Incident: Pagami Creek Fire Wildfire
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Campfire and open fire restrictions take effect for northeastern Minnesota (Released September 16, 2011).
Due to continuing fire danger, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Forest Service have issued restrictions on campfires in several counties in northeastern Minnesota. Counties with campfire and open fire restrictions are Cook, Lake, Koochiching, Itasca and northern St. Louis. Federally owned land in the Superior National Forest (parts of Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties) All open fires and campfires are prohibited except for pressurized liquid gas stoves. Private or state-owned lands within the Superior National Forest No open burning including burn barrels, campfires and recreational fires, except that charcoal fires are allowed in a grill or other receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence, and pressurized gas stoves may be used but must be attended at all times. No burning permits. No use of fireworks.
Minnesota Parks and Trails facilities that are included in these restrictions are Judge Magney, Cascade River and Temperance River State Parks, Hinsdale Island on Lake Vermilion, Sullivan Lake Campground north of Two Harbors, and any other forest campgrounds, waysides and day use areas within the Superior National Forest boundary. All lands in Koochiching, Itasca, and areas of Cook, Lake and northern St. Louis counties, not within the Superior National Forest. (The portion of St. Louis County covered by the restrictions is north of a line from Silica to Central Lakes to Brimson (with the exact line being the township line between T55N and T56N such that it includes all of T56N)
Campfires or recreational fires allowed only in a designated fire receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence, dwelling, campground, or resort. No burning permits will be issued to the general public. No use of fireworks is allowed outside of municipalities. Special permits and prescribed burning may be allowed.
Fall weekends bring many people outdoors to recreate. The DNR urges everyone to use extreme caution where campfires are allowed. Fire conditions change quickly. More information, including maps and fire conditions is online.