Sumary of Closure of popular wilderness area extended because of fires:
- (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials on Wednesday extended the closure of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after Minnesota’s largest wildfire doubled in size.
- Forest officials decided to keep the popular wilderness closed another week, to Sept.
- 3, dealing a blow to tourists who spent months planning their trips there and to the outfitters and other businesses serving the 1 million-acre Boundary Waters.
- “It’s a bummer for sure,” Sue Prom, co-owner of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, wrote on her blog Wednesday.
- “People have canoe trips planned that have to be cancelled, folks are being evacuated from their cabins and homes and there’s smoke in the air.
- ”On Wednesday, officials also closed Forest Service lands along the scenic upper Gunflint Trail, a dead-end paved road deep into the wilderness, including the Trails End and Iron Lake campgrounds and the Magnetic Rock Hiking Trail.