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Fire Danger Prompts Campfire, Open Fire Restrictions

Superior National Forest via InciWeb.org

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Continued fire danger is prompting state and federal officials to restrict campfires and open fires in several counties of northeastern Minnesota.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced the restrictions Friday.

Fires and campfires are now prohibited anywhere on national forest lands within the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The ban includes charcoal fires, wood-burning camp stoves and charcoal grills. Pressurized liquid gas stoves are allowed.

The DNR has issued restrictions on campfires and open fires on private or state-owned lands within Superior National Forest. However, charcoal grills will be allowed at homes, and pressurized gas stoves may be used but must be attended at all times. In addition, no burning permits will be issued and no fireworks allowed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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