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Ban on Campfires and Charcoal Fires

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Date: April 20, 2010
Contact: Bob Whaley, 715-483-2260

Ban on Campfires and Charcoal Fires Along

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway


Effective immediately, campfires and charcoal fires are prohibited on certain federal lands within the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  This ban is due to the very high fire danger.


Gas stoves are still permitted.


The ban affects Riverway land in the following counties which are currently at Very High Fire Danger Levels:  Pine County in Minnesota, and Polk, Burnett, Washburn, and Sawyer counties in Wisconsin.


The ban on campfires and charcoal fires will be lifted when fire danger levels meet High or Moderate Fire Danger Levels.  Updates can be found at:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html in Minnesota and at http://dnr.wi.gov/forestry/Fire/Fire_Danger/Wis_Burn/StateCounties.asp in Wisconsin.


The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.  For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.


Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.