DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Superior National Forest has canceled plans for four prescribed burns this fall within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Forest spokeswoman Kristina Reichenbach said Thursday that officials have decided to wait for better conditions next year.READ MORE: Both Directions Of I-94 Closed Near Albany Following Fatal Crash, Serious Backup Collision
The prescribed burns near the Gunflint Trail and near Ely are intended to reduce the threat of wildfires in areas where large patches of downed timber remain 17 years after a massive windstorm tore through the area.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: Nearly 1,000 New Cases, 15 More Deaths Reported Ahead Of Expected Teen Vaccine Expansion
The 1999 storm downed millions of trees across 500,000 acres of the forest, including 350,000 within the Boundary Waters. While officials say significant progress has been made toward completing a series of planned prescribed burns since the storm, the threat of wildfire persists in some blowdown areas.MORE NEWS: 'This Is Not Just Any Usual Recovery': Economist Explains Rash Of Price Hikes, Product Shortages
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