CASS LAKE, Minn. (May 7, 2018) – The Chippewa National Forest has scheduled a prescribed fire near Lake 13 on Monday, May 7. This date will depend on local weather conditions.

The prescribed fire will include approximately 90 acres along Forest Road 2996, located nine miles southeast of Cass Lake, Minn.

While fire crews are on location, columns of smoke may be visible from a long distance and smoke may cross roads adjacent to the burn area. Crews will conduct a pine under-burning with an intent to reduce hazardous fuels and restore ecosystem functions.  

If you have any questions regarding the prescribed fire, contact Mike Mackey at the Blackduck Ranger District at (218) 835-4291.

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About Chippewa National Forest
Chippewa National Forest is the first national forest established east of the Mississippi River with nearly 1.6 million acres at the River’s headwaters in north-central Minnesota. The Chippewa National Forest shares boundaries with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, contains outstanding cultural resources, premier habitat for aquatic, riparian and terrestrial wildlife and plants and leads in conservation of the bald eagle and protection for vast wetland resources. Visit the Chippewa National Forest’s website at for more information.

About the U.S. Forest Service
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land; provides assistance to state and private landowners; and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, see


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