BWCA

Biden shuts down lease renewals for proposed Minnesota mine

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration has canceled a move by former President Donald Trump to renew mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. Trump had signed an order a month before the 2020 election declaring a national emergency over the country‚Äôs reliance on imported metals used to manufacture computers, smart phones, batteries for electric…

Minnesota wildfire not expanding, still uncontained

Northeastern Minn. wildfire (U.S. Forest Service)FINLAND, Minn. – Authorities fighting a northeastern Minnesota wildfire say the blaze did not expand over the weekend. The Greenwood Fire was expanding by about 1,000 acres a day since it started last Sunday. But after growing to nearly 7 square miles Thursday night and raging through Friday, the U.S. Forest Service estimated the size…

Northeastern Minnesota wildfire grows to 5 square miles

Northeastern Minn. wildfire (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS – A wildfire in the Superior National Forest of northeastern Minnesota has grown to 5 square miles as hot, dry and windy conditions persist. Crews have been fighting the fire from the air and on the ground since it was spotted Sunday afternoon near Greenwood Lake. The fire covered a little over 3 square…

Expanded Closures at Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Due To Wildfires

ELY, Minn. — Superior National Forest officials are expanding their closure order for the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness north of Ely, Minnesota because of the threat of wildfires burning across the Canadian border. The newly expanded order, which took effect Sunday, includes 12 more BWCA entry points in addition to the areas around Crooked and Iron lakes that…

New restrictions in BWCA due to Canadian wildfires

Delta Lake Fire near Ely ELY, Minn. – The Forest Service has announced new temporary travel restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area over concerns that large wildfires burning in Canada could spread across the border. The new closures include travel, campsites and portages along and near Iron and Crooked lakes along the border north of Ely, as well as…