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USFS allows campfires in BWCAW; reopens area near Knife Lake to public use


Due to cooling temperatures and shorter days, the US Forest Service lifted restrictions on Thursday, September 27 , that previously limited the hours for campfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 
Wilderness visitors may now use campfires, charcoal, and wood-burning camp stoves at all hours of the day. 
Forest managers have also determined that it is safe to re-open the area inside the BWCAW along the Canadian border and around Knife Lake to public use.  Reconnaissance of the Emerald Lake/Ft. Frances #59 wildfire Wednesday, September 26, indicated very little evidence of active fire behavior.  The area inside the BWCAW was closed earlier this month while the fire was actively burning on the Canadian side.  Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire area.
Dry, sunny weather is inviting visitors to the Forest to view fall colors and for early hunting season.  Forest managers ask that everyone continues to be extra careful with all open fires as conditions are still dry in the woods. 
Updates regarding conditions on the Superior National Forest are available via the Forest web site at:
Information regarding fire conditions and restrictions across Minnesota, is available through the Minnesota Interagency Fire Information website at: