Fire and Aviation

For Current Wildfire Activity

For more information about current wildfires, please see: InciWeb or visit our Alerts and Notices page.

For current fire activity or emergencies in Minnesota, see the Minnesota Incident Command System web site

Superior National Forest's Fire Report for the 2022-2023 Season

Contrary to this winter, the winter of 2022-2023 brought record-setting snowfall, followed by low precipitation with expanded drought.

Read more in our 2022-2023 Fire Report


Slim Lake South Photo of Test FireThe Superior has a large and diverse fire program. With a variety of fuel types and well-established historical fire patterns, the Superior National Forest has proven to be a challenging environment to manage.

The Superior National Forest lies within a boreal forest system where natural fire occurrence is common. The Forest also provides for a variety of recreational and management activities which sometimes result in unwanted human-caused fires.

Fire management is an integral part of Land and Resource Management on the Superior National Forest. Fire plays a natural role in achieving long-term goals of ecosystem health.

Wildland fire management decisions and resource management decisions go hand in hand and are based on approved Fire Management and Land and Resource Management Plans. Wildland fire, as a critical natural process, may be reintroduced into the ecosystem where human life, property, or resource values are not at risk.

In all cases, protection of human life is the first priority in wildland fire management. Property and resource values are the second priority, with management decisions based on values to be protected. For more information regarding fire management on the Superior National Forest:

Fire Prevention

Firefighters count on you to do your part to reduce the risk of wildfires.

YOU can make all the difference in reducing the risk of unwanted wildland fires!

It may be as simple as NOT lighting that campfire when conditions are dry and windy,

or NOT throwing your cigarette butt out the car window,

or NOT leaving a pile of burning trash unattended.

Pay attention to current camp fire or brush burning restrictions.

More information about fire prevention and education visit Smokey Bears Website

Prescribed Fire

Prescribed Fire is any fire ignited by management actions to meet specific objectives. Prescribed fire is used as a tool for fuels reduction, vegetation management, and wildlife habitat maintenance on the Superior National Forest. Planning a prescribed burn begins months in advance. A written, approved prescribed fire plan must be completed, control measures such as firelines must be established, notification to the public must be made, and mitigation measure to protect values at risk must be set prior to ignition. Visit the national website for more information on prescribed fire within the Forest Service.

Current Year Plans

East Zone Map: PDF | JPG

West Zone Map: PDF | JPG

Burn Preperation Information

Supplemental Information Report - BWCAW Fuels FEIS   FEIS Appendices


The Forest Service has managed wildland fire for more than 100 years. But how we do it - why, when, and where we do it - has changed. Fire managers have the ability to choose from the full spectrum of fire management options, from prompt suppression to allowing fire to function in its natural ecological role. There are Forest Service-specific and interagency policies and study recommendations that guide fire management decisions. 

What hasn't changed is close collaboration with Tribal, state, local, and other federal agencies as well as work with our local communities to reduce risks and protect lives.

Learn more from our National Office

Previous Wildfires

  • Fourtown Fire: Fire Management on Boreal Landscape

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    Learn more about a career in Fire Management, how the role impacts a boreal forest ecosystem.

  • Managing the Greenwood Fire Burn Area

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    Forest Service, state agencies and private logging companies are helping the forest recover through planting, tree seeding, timber salvage and monitoring for natural forest regeneration.

  • Pagami Creek Fire

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    The Pagami Creek Wildfire was first detected on August 18, 2011. Several areas are still being rehabilitated.

  • Restoring Oak Blueberry Habitat Story Map

    Fire fighters are walking through a low area of dry grass between two hills

    Ecological Burning on the Superior National Forest. When appropriate, prescribed fire is often used as a tool for fuels reduction, vegetation management, and wildlife habitat maintenance.