The Superior National Forest will lift its remaining closures along upper Gunflint Trail on Wednesday, fully reopening the area to visitors.
The reopening Wednesday includes Blankenburg Boat Launch, Trails End Campground, Iron Lake Campground and associated facilities, according to a news release from the Forest Service.
“I want to thank the public for their understanding and patience this year as we had to make some very difficult decisions about closing areas on the forest this summer, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness management area,” Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins said. "It was not an easy decision for us to make and we know it was disappointing for many. We hope next year will bring more rain, and less fire risk for our visitors."
The Greenwood Fire was 75% contained as of the Forest Service's report on Tuesday. It was 26,797 acres, or nearly 42 square miles. About 300 people were responding to the fire Tuesday.
Forest lands around the Greenwood Fire and John Ek and Whelp fires remain closed. The Missing Link Lake and Brant Lake entry points are also closed.
The closure area around the John Ek and Whelp fires will remain in effect at least through Sept. 30, which is the end of the BWCAW's 2021 quota permit season.
"This is to ensure public safety should the fire become active again," the release said.