The Superior National Forest has banned campfires in most areas, including in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, until further notice.

The campfire ban includes charcoal fires and grills and was imposed Tuesday because of unusually dry conditions across much of Northeastern Minnesota. Rain and storms that have hit parts of the Northland have mostly missed other areas, leaving the potential for more and larger wildfires.

The rule allows gas-powered camp stoves to be used for cooking in the BWCAW and other areas.

The campfire ban does not apply to developed Forest Service campgrounds where fires must remain small and in designated fire pits. Campgrounds where fires are allowed include Birch Lake, Fall Lake, Fenske Lake, South Kawishiwi River, Whiteface Reservoir, Cadotte Lake, Sawbill Lake, Crescent Lake, Temperance River, East Bearskin, Flour Lake, Iron Lake, Trails End, Devils Track and Two Island.