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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. WTIP file photo

BWCA closure extended to early September

Superior National Forest officials confirmed with WTIP Tuesday they have extended the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closure through at least Friday, Sept. 3.


Greenwood Lake fire update from August 24. Photo courtesy of US Forest Service

More wildfires reported in BWCA as firefighting resources continue to be strained

Two additional wildfires were reported on Superior National Forest in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Tuesday, Aug. 24.


Vaccinations for Cook County will continue throughout 2021. WTIP file photo

COVID-19 numbers climb in Cook County as wildfires dominate headlines

Cook County Public Health Supervisor Grace Grinager noted another spike in the case count of COVID-19 among local residents.


Gunflint Trail sign. WTIP file photo

Section of Gunflint Trail in pre-evacuation status due to BWCA wildfire

Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins said Monday night that the John Ek Fire continued to grow this afternoon.


A sign on Highway 61 informs people of the BWCA closure in August 2021. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Forest Service says BWCA will be closed until 'weather changes'

Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins says she felt a sense of physical pain when she saw a sign on Highway 61 informing people to the news that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilder


John Ek Fire in BWCA, August 2021. Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service

Wildfire reported at Isle Royale National Park, regional fire update

More wildfire news from the WTIP listening area, as Isle Royale National Park is experiencing a wildfire on the island’s east end.
 


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Forest Service to shut down BWCA amid drought and wildfire concerns

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is closed. 


John Elk Fire from August 20. Image courtesy of US Forest Service

More closures expected in BWCA as John Elk Fire continues to burn

More closures are expected Saturday inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as the John Elk Fire grew significantly Friday.


Greenwood Fire on Friday, August 20. Photo courtesy of US Forest Service

Greenwood Fire doubles in size following another windy, hot day near Isabella

There was little relief from high winds and warm temperatures Friday as the Greenwood Fire doubled in size and is now more than 8,200 acres.


BWCA closure map of Sawbill area from August 20, 2021. Image courtesy of US Forest Service

Popular 'lady chain' near Sawbill Lake closes as Whelp Fire burns in BWCA

Superior National Forest officials closed a popular area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Friday near Sawbill Lake as fire danger continues to mount in the region.