Pagami Fire Area Reopening in BWCAW

Most areas in the Boundary Waters burned in last fall’s Pagami Creek fire will reopen to the public starting today, the U.S. Forest Service has announced.

Minnesota Public Radio has the story HERE.

The area burned by the 93,000 acre wildfire was closed to the public during and after the blaze. After the fire was contained, officials continued to worry about the danger of falling trees and branches.

Some campsites in the burned area still remain closed.  So far, the Forest Service has reopened roughly 100 of the 177 fire-affected campsites. Campsites marked “closed” are not to be occupied.

Additionally, the portages accessing Horseshoe, Brewis, Harbor, North Wilder, and South Wilder Lakes remain closed, as do the Pow Wow Trail and Pow Wow Trail Entry Point.

Superior National forest officials urge continued caution around the area’s standing dead trees, since the “snags” may look sturdy but burned root systems may make them susceptible to falling. Campers in the area are urged to store food in bear-proof containers, since trees to hang food from may not be available.

In an effort to allow vegetation to return, visitors are also urged to use existing tent pads, latrine trails, and portages, rather than making new ones.

The Forest Service has an information page on travel in the Pagami Creek Fire Area HERE.

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