Not long after the Forest Service contained the Cummings Lake Fire, new fires cropped up adjacent to and in the northern parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Parley Lake Fire east of the Beartrap River and north of Sunday Lake was estimated at 75 acres as of Thursday, September 13, with aircraft dropping water and a ground crew on the scene. Fires are also burning near Hoist Lake and Emerald Lake.
Links to fire information, including maps and area closures, can be found on the Forest Service website, HERE. Up to date information on the Parley Lake Fire can be found on Inciweb, HERE, and the Forest Service has detailed information on area closures HERE (pdf). Throughout the Boundary Waters, campfire restrictions remain in effect so that campfires and charcoal and wood-burning stoves are only allowed between 7 p.m. and midnight.
Fighting naturally caused fires versus letting them burn is a new policy for the Forest Service, aimed at reducing fire fighting costs. Read more on Wilderness News HERE.