The Superior National Forest will scale back closures related to the John Ek and Whelp fires on Saturday.
Forest lands and roads along upper Gunflint Trail will reopen with a few exceptions, including the Blankenburg Boat Launch as well as the Iron Lake and Trails End campgrounds, according to a news release from the Forest Service. Firefighters will use those two campgrounds as their base camp.
“Fall weather conditions have moderated the John Ek and Whelp fires, both of which have remained within their perimeters for days. After talking with our fire, wilderness, and recreation specialists, we decided it was safe to lift some of the current closures. We’re so happy that we’re opening back up to our visitors,” Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins said.
More of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will open on Saturday, including several entry points.
Entry points Missing Link #51 and Brant Lake #52 will remain closed until further notice.
The shrunken closure area in the BWCA will remain in effect at least through the current permit season, which ends Sept. 30, the release said.
The Forest Service will resume management of the fires from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team on Friday.
The team will continue to manage the Greenwood Fire.