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Chippewa National Forest lifts fire restrictions

Campfires and charcoal grills are now permitted in the Chippewa National Forest after recent rainfall and cooler weather conditions.

Chippewa National Forest
Recent rainfall and cooler weather conditions across the Chippewa National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting officials to lift all fire use restrictions, effective Friday, Sept. 10. Courtesy/ U.S. National Forest Service, USDA

CASS LAKE, Minn. -- Recent rainfall and cooler weather conditions across the Chippewa National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting officials to lift all fire use restrictions, effective Friday, Sept. 10, a release said.

The public is encouraged to continue to practice safe campfire principles when recreating in dispersed and developed campsites. Forest officials recommend the following campfire safety precautions:

  • Campfires need to be maintained within the fire rings provided by the Forest Service or fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread. All flammable material shall be cleared within a three-foot radius from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Make sure to drown, stir and feel for heat in your campfire before leaving the fire ring to ensure the fire is dead out. Repeat until it is cold to the touch.
  • Persons using campfires should have in their possession a tool that can serve as a shovel and at least one gallon of water. The intent of this recommendation is to ensure individuals with a campfire have the means necessary to completely extinguish their campfire.
  • As a reminder, fireworks are not allowed on national forest lands at any time.

The public’s awareness of wildfire danger and their continued efforts to recreate safely is essential to a safe fall season in the forest. Campers, recreationists, firewood cutters, hunters and other forest users can all help by closely adhering to all guidelines, remaining cautious and aware of their surroundings, as well as keeping up to date on the latest conditions and regulations.
Restrictions may still be in effect on state and private lands protected by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Check with your local Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office for current restrictions on lands protected by the DNR or visit www.dnr.state.mn.us .

Remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to know what restrictions are in place when visiting public lands. For up-to-date information regarding any forest closures or restrictions, visit the forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/chippewa .

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