Authorities say 12 homes or cabins and 57 outbuildings have been lost in the
Thousands of the torched acres belong to a
“The individual small landowners are doing everything they can, and can afford,” Furtman said. “Has the wealthy landowner done everything he can and can afford?”
Hayes called those questions “reasonable.”
“We are actively asking that of ourselves,” he said.
Hayes' family has owned the land for 30 years and wanted it to be “a canvas for the moose and the wolf and the environment." The land is technically held by
“We have let that property go natural, even forgoing harvest of the timber, because we wanted it to reach absolute maturity,” he said. While the family was aware of problems with the spruce budworm, reducing the fire risk was not brought up.
“It was never discussed that it was fuel building up for forest fires,” he said. “I guarantee you it will be moving forward.”
Forest officials announced this week that they will keep the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closed until
Several fires caused by lightning have burned in the wilderness during this summer’s drought conditions, while the much bigger
Forest officials had been watching fires burning just across the Canadian border, in Ontario’s
More than 400 crew members are fighting the forest fires.