Superior National Forest officials announced another string of closures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, effective Sunday, due to wildfires in Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. Reconnaissance flights conducted by fire managers indicated an increase in fire behavior. Similar to the closures announced on July 15, these BWCAW closures will remain in place for at least seven days or until it is safe to open the area again.
According to a news release from the Superior National Forest, the closures include:
- Little Indian Sioux River North #14
- Moose / Portage River #16
- Stuart River #19
- Angleworm Lake #20
- South Hegman Lake #77
- Lac La Croix, only #12A
- Blandin Trail #11
- Herriman Lake Trail #13
- Sioux-Hustler Trail #15
- Angleworm Trail #21
- All trails, campsites, portages and lakes that are accessed by the closed entry points listed above, including but not limited to: Loon Lake, Lac la Croix, Ge-be-on-e-quet Lake, Oyster Lake, Shell Lake, Hustler Lake, Sterling Lake, Ramshead Lake, Lake Agnes, Sterling Lake, White Feather Lake, Chippewa Lake, Gun Lake, Jackfish Lake, Lake Agnes, Fourtown Lake, Horse Lake, all zones of the Sundial Pristine Management Area (1 through 5), and the Weeny Pristine Management Area. A map of the closure area can be found on the Superior National Forest website.
These closures follow a list of closures made in the area on Thursday. Those remain in place, as do closures in place around Delta Lake due to a 62-acre wildfire in the area.
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Forest officials have enacted this closure order given the time required to locate and move visitors out of the area if the wildfire spreads into the U.S. and creates hazardous conditions. Quetico park already has a closure in place for these fires.
Wilderness rangers contacted visitors on or near the Iron Lake and Crooked travel corridors about this new closure area and instructed them to move to safer zones.
Forest officials will also be canceling quota permit reservations for the entry points listed. People with reservations will be contacted, reimbursed and redirected to other areas of the forest that remain safe to visit.
Fire managers are monitoring and flying the international border every day and will determine when it is safe to lift this closure.