Updated: August 21, 2021 11:08 PM
Created: August 21, 2021 02:31 PM
The Superior National Forest is closing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness effective Saturday.
The announcement comes as wildfires continue to burn, growing in size each day. The U.S. Forest Service also cites the drought and a shortage of firefighters as reasons for the closure, which will last for at least the next seven days.
The closure includes all lands, waters, trails, portages, campsite, canoe routes and entry points in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Those with a permit will be notified and reimbursed.
"We understand that this will have a significant impact on our visitors, cooperators and communities near the forest. This emergency closure is necessary for the safety of our visitors, our wilderness rangers and our fire-fighters. It allows our fire crews to focus on responding to existing fires and new starts," the Forest Service said in a news release.
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