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Kangas Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808

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Incident Contact

West Zone Fire Information
Phone: 218-248-2411
Hours: M-F 8-5pm

Highlighted Activity

05/04/2021 Birch Lake Campground and Boat Access Closed 5/4-5/7
The Birch Lake Campground and Boat Access will be temporarily closed to public use beginning Tuesday, May 4 with the intent to reopen at 12 noon on Friday, May 7, 2021.  Reopening could be delayed...
Closure - 05/04/2021
A map showing the location of the Kangas prescribed fire near Birch LakeImage options: [ Full Size ]

If weather and site conditions allow, the Superior National Forest is planning to conduct the Kangas Unit 5, Unit 4, and Unit 3 Prescribed Fires (beginning with Unit 5) located south of Ely, MN as early as Tuesday, May 4 and continuing on Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6 this week if conditions allow.

This unit was recently harvested with a main objective to prepare for future planting by reducing the slash and vegetation coopetition in the areas that were harvested and to also reduce the hazardous fuels within the unit.  These actions support the natural regeneration of long-lived conifer species which in turn will diversify the species of trees in the area. 

All the Kangas units are a part of the greater Ely hazardous fuel reduction effort.  Prescribed fire treatments also create a patchwork or mosaic of fire-resistant forest stands in the landscape that can reduce intensity of future wildfires.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Incident CommanderSuperior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District
Coordinates47.769 latitude, -91.786 longitude