Forest fires force more closures of boundary waters along Canada-U.S. Border
Superior National Forest officials have announced another round of closures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, starting Sunday, due to wildfires in Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. Reconnaissance flights by fire officials indicated an increase in fire behavior. Similar to the closures announced on July 15, these BWCAW closures will remain in place for at least seven days or until it is possible to safely reopen the area.
According to a press release from the Upper National Forest, the closures include:
- Little Indian Sioux River North # 14
- Moose / Portage River # 16
- Stuart River # 19
- Angleworm Lake # 20
- South Hegman Lake # 77
- Lac La Croix, only # 12A
- Blandin Trail # 11
- Herriman Lake Trail # 13
- Sioux-Hustler Trail # 15
- Angleworm Trail # 21
- All trails, campsites, portages and lakes accessible through the closed entry points listed above including, but not limited to: Loon Lake, Lac la Croix, Ge-be-on-e-quet Lake, Oyster Lake, Shell Lake, Hustler Lake, Sterling Lake, Ramshead Lake, Lake Agnes, Sterling Lake, White Feather Lake, Chippewa Lake, Gun Lake, Jackfish Lake, Lake Agnes, Fourtown Lake, Horse Lake, all areas of the management of Sundial Pristine (1 to 5), and the pristine management area of Weeny. A map of the closed area is available on the Superior National Forest website.
The closures follow a list of closures made in the region on Thursday. These remain in place, as do the closures in place around Delta Lake due to a 62-acre wildfire in the area.
Forestry authorities have promulgated this closure order given the time needed to locate and move visitors out of the area if the wildfire spreads to the United States and creates dangerous conditions. Quetico Park already has a closure in place for these fires.
Rangers have contacted visitors on or near the Iron Lake and Crooked travel corridors about this new closure area and have asked them to travel to safer areas.
Forestry officials will also revoke quota permit reservations for listed entry points. Those who have booked will be contacted, reimbursed and redirected to other areas of the forest that remain safe to visit.
Fire managers monitor and fly over the international border daily and will determine when it is safe to lift this closure.