All open campfires at any time of the day are prohibited in the main area of blowdown on the forest.

In addition, the Kekekabic Trail east of Disappointment Lake and the Border Route Trail with associated connector trails are closed to public use. Parts of these long-distance trails are located more than a quarter mile from a large body of water with concentrated areas of blown down trees between the trail and a lake. Cross country travel is extremely difficult and slow in areas of concentrated blowdown. This is a risk for hikers who cannot quickly get to a large body of water if there is a fire.

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Campfires will still be allowed in firegrates at any time of the day in developed campgrounds (Trails End, Iron Lake, East Bearskin and Flour Lake) within the restricted area. Gas and propane camp stoves will still be allowed at any time of the day in the restricted area.

Currently, there are no campfire restrictions on national forest lands outside of the blowdown area.

This area has not received measurable rain for several weeks. This restriction will remain in place until limitations are reevaluated to determine whether adjustments are warranted. If fire danger levels increase, additional limits may be implemented.

This information is posted with maps of the restricted area on the Superior National Forest Web site at http://www.fed.fed.us/r9/superior and is also available through the forest offices and BWCAW permitting offices.