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Superior National Forest announces reopenings to some areas closed by Greenwood Fire


An announcement launched Monday stated Highway 1 and some forest space north of the freeway will reopen to vacationers and guests.

DULUTH, Minn. — Editor’s be aware: The video above first aired Aug. 25, 2021.

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Some sections of the Superior National Forest that have been closed by the Greenwood Fire will reopen Tuesday, in accordance to the U.S. Forest Service.

An announcement launched Monday stated Highway 1 will absolutely reopen to vacationers, whereas some forest space north of the freeway may even reopen. Closures will stay in place to the south of the freeway.

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Forest officers say they consulted with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers, in addition to officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, to deem these areas protected to visitors and guests.

“After more than a month of active fire activity and of closures, we are finally at the point where it is safe, from a fire standpoint and a personnel and equipment standpoint, to reopen some of the Greenwood closures,” Shannon Rische, deputy forest supervisor for the Superior National Forest, stated.

Rische went on to thank fireplace crews for making the reopening doable, and guests for his or her “understanding and patience” all through the closures.

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Duluth information station KBJR studies the fireplace stays at 80% contained. After a lighting strike ignited the fireplace simply over a month in the past, it has destroyed 14 properties and cabins, as well as to 57 outbuildings.

Officials say hazardous timber and sizzling spots proceed to be a priority in some areas, so closures will stay till these areas are thought of protected for public use.

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People who personal property within the Greenwood Fire closure areas, nonetheless, are permitted to entry their land with a safety cross card from the Lake County Sheriff. The cross may be picked up on the Hwy 1 and McDougal Lake Road checkpoint. For extra info, property house owners can contact Lake County Dispatch at 218-510-0640.

To be taught extra in regards to the present scope of the fireplace, and closures and reopenings, you may go to the forest’s alerts and warnings webpage.

What’s closed and what’s open close to the Greenwood Fire:

CLOSED:

      • Stony River Observation Site
      • Little Isabella Campground (due to bear exercise and wanted web site rehabilitation)
      • McDougal Lake space together with the campground, boat launch, picnic space, path and trailhead
      • Forest lands and roads north and east of Highway 1
      • BWCAW entry factors – Island River, Isabella Lake, Bog Lake, Little Isabella River, Snake River, Hog Creek and Pow Wow Trail
      • Divide Lake Campground and several other rustic campgrounds

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