The Superior National Forest is tightening up fire restrictions across the entire forest due to the active fires, dry and stressed vegetation, fire risk levels and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' statewide drought warning.
According to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service, no exemptions or fires are allowed in the forest. Previously, the service allowed campfires in developed campgrounds such as state parks, private campgrounds, resorts and yards.
Visitors are allowed to use pressurized devices with an on/off switch that are powered by gas or propane, including gas- and propane-powered firepits, stoves and lanterns.
In addition to the restrictions, other actions visitors can take to reduce the risk of fire include:
- Avoid driving and parking vehicles, including UTVs/ATVs over tall, dry grass (vehicles cause more acreage burned than any other equipment).
- Install spark arrestors on outdoor equipment and recreational vehicles and maintain recreational vehicles, trailers, and farm equipment to minimize the potential for sparks or other sources of heat.
- Check for dragging chains before hauling campers or trailers. Dragging safety chains down the road can quickly become hot and make sparks, causing grass fires.
- Make sure cigarettes are completely out before disposing of them in a trash receptacle.
More information on the restrictions is available at fs.usda.gov/superior.