Prescribed Burning

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Burning on 290th st.
Burning on 290th st.
Burning on 292nd pl.
Burning on 292nd pl.

Prescribed fire is used as a management tool in roadsides to accomplish a number of objectives. Fire can kill small trees and brush. When carried out during the right time of year, fire stimulates many native prairie species. Vigorous prairie plants can crowd out many non-native grasses and weeds. Fire also may be used to prepare areas for a native prairie seeding.

Prescribed burning requires proper weather conditions, equipment and training. Local weather forecasts are consulted and current on-site weather conditions are taken in order to predict fire behavior and smoke dispersal. IRVM personnel utilize specialized firefighting equipment including truck and atv pumper-units when conducting burns and have completed basic Wildland Firefighter courses.

Safety is always the top priority when performing prescribed burns! Burns are planned so the prevailing wind will carry smoke away from the traveled portion of the road. However, smoke may unpredictably drift across the road due to unexpected wind shifts and swirling winds caused by topography or nearby trees and buildings. To help mitigate these events, safety signs are placed 500ft. beyond both ends of the burn area to provide motorists adequate time to slow down before reaching the burn. In the event that a sustained wind shift occurs causing smoke to continuously drift across the road the burn will be shut down.

Taking on-site weather
Taking on-site weather
Burning on R22
Burning on R22