Some Northland camping restrictions, fire evacuations lifted

The Superior National Forest will lift its restriction on dispersed camping outside of the closure zone.

Crews battle the Greenwood Fire in the Superior National Forest on Aug. 23, 2021. Contributed / Superior National Forest
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More camping restrictions and wildfire evacuations are lifting.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office will allow people back into their cabins and homes along Lake County Highway 2, between Forest Road 11 and Minnesota Highway 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. This includes the Greenwood Lake, Sand Lake and Dunka River Road areas.

The Sheriff's Office had previously lifted the evacuation in the Slate Lake area.

Fire crews will continue to work along Highway 2, according to a Facebook post from the Sheriff's Office.

"Please drive slowly," the post said. "At times, it is likely to be smoky and visibility possibly reduced, so please be extra cautious and watch out for the fire crews. The west side of the fire, on the east side of Highway 2, appears to be secure, but conditions could change at any time."


Home and cabin owners are asked to be prepared to evacuate again if conditions change.

Each property owner will receive two passes that they will need to show each time they enter Highway 2 through a checkpoint. One checkpoint is at the intersection of highways 11 and 2 and the other is at the intersection of highways 1 and 2.

The Superior National Forest will lift its dispersed camping restrictions outside of the closure zone Friday.

The Forest Service announced Aug. 27 that camping outside its developed campsites was restricted because of wildfires.

"Forest officials made the decision to lift the closure as fall temperatures, recent rains, and shorter days have helped to moderate fire conditions and active fires," a news release said.

Part of the Superior National Forest remains closed. The closure extends across the Kawishiwi, Laurentian and Tofte ranger districts.

The Forest Service announced earlier this week that the west side of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will reopen Saturday.

PREVIOUSLY: Portions of Boundary Waters to reopen, closures around fires remain Due to rain and lower temperatures decreasing fire activity, the full closure of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will be lifted on Sept. 4.


Fire restrictions remain in place. No open flames, including campfires, are allowed.

The Greenwood Fire remained at 37% containment and was 26,098 acres, or nearly 41 square miles, according to the last report from the responding agencies. About 490 people were responding to the fire Thursday.

The Whelp and John Ek fires were both still at zero containment and had no growth. The Whelp Fire remains at 50 acres and remapping of the John Ek Fire on Tuesday estimated its size to be 1,350 acres.

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