Senator Amy Klobuchar at a Thursday afternoon briefing on the northeast Minnesota wildfires asked Superior National Forest officials how soon they’ll be able to re-open the B-W-C-A Wilderness. Supervisor Connie Cummins says she evaluates it every day and knows the impact of the closure:
“Takes two to three days to evacuate areas of the Boundary Waters…. You know, it’s not like an evacuation of a house, where people get in a car and drive away…. We just have to really get enough rain to feel confident… we’re in a safe place to start opening it back up.”
Cummins says they might not re-open all of the B-W-C-A Wilderness at the same time because wildfires just across the Canadian border will burn the whole fall season.