Boundary Waters campfires

We’ve received some rain over the past few days but there’s still high fire danger in most of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We are super lucky to live in an area where we can have campfires almost all of the time. With the privilege comes the responsibility of making sure the campfire is contained and inside the fire grate of a designated campsite in the BWCA.

When it’s dry in the Boundary Waters campers should exercise greater caution with their campfires.

  • If it’s really windy, don’t start a campfire.
  • Only make small campfires.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Clear away dry leaves and sticks, overhanging low branches and shrubs.
  • Stack extra wood upwind and away from fire.
  • After lighting, throw the match into the fire.
  • Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby.
  • Never put anything but wood into the fire.
  • When it’s time to put the fire out, dump lots of water on it, stir it with a shovel, then dump more water on it. Make sure it is COLD before leaving the campsite. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

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