Greenwood fire now 75% contained, some burning restrictions to be lifted

Torched trees and landscape left by the Greenwood fire in the Superior National Forest. (FOX 21 Duluth/KQDS-TV / Supplied)

The Greenwood fire in northern Minnesota is now about 75% contained, officials announced Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire has spanned 26,797 acres since it began on Aug. 15. The fire, sparked by a lightning strike, started approximately 10 miles southwest of Isabella. On Aug. 23, 14 primary structures and 57 outbuildings were destroyed. 

Now, the belief is that with Mother Nature’s help, firefighters are getting the upper hand on the blaze. 

Meanwhile, the Minnesota DNR reported that wildfire-related burning restrictions will be lifted in 14 counties. Beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, burning restrictions will be lifted in Beltrami, Becker, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Ottertail, St. Louis, Roseau, and Wadena counties. 

However, the wildfire risk in remains in the northeastern tip of Minnesota. Therefore, Class III burning restrictions remain in effect for in Cook and Lake counties. 

These restrictions mean:

  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping on all state, county, or private lands. Camping stoves are permitted.
  • Attended campfires in established fire rings associated with a home, cabin, campground, or resort are allowed.
  • No fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits. People should check with their local community for any additional restrictions.
  • Open burning permits are restricted.