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National Park Service schedules five prescribed burns

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The National Park Service (NPS) is planning five prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

NPS expects to burn approximately 950 acres as part of its long-term restoration and hazard-fuel reduction efforts.

The scheduled burns:

¥In Gary, 178 acres of oak-savannah in a continued effort to restore Miller Woods immediately west of the Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

¥Also in Gary, 62 acres west of County Line Road and south of U.S. Highway 12 near the Woodlake Dunes Apartments.

¥In Porter, the 191-acre Mnoke Prairie north of Beam Street and west of U.S. Highway 20, as part of the long-term restoration of this tall-grass prairie, one of the last natural prairie areas in Northwest Indiana.

¥Near Beverly Shores, 77 acres of the Dunewood Campground, to reduce woody debris and leaf litter around the campsites.

¥In Hobart, 178 acres of the Hobart Prairie Grove on the west side of Lake George, along both sides of the Lake County Parks bike path.

“The prescribed fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel,” NPS said. “Smoke dispersal is a primary concern and park staff will do everything possible to limit smoke in the area by monitoring wind and atmospheric conditions prior to ignitions. However, smoke drifting in and around park lands and roadways is possible.”

“Clear management goals and objectives have been established for each burn unit,” NPS added. “Before burning, a designated set of conditions must exist including ideal air temperature, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity. Weather conditions will be monitored throughout the duration of the burn to ensure the fire is completed safely.”

Residents of Porter County may register to receive prescribed fire notifications through Porter County’s “Alert Porter County” system. As part of the program, residents can sign up to receive a text message, e-mail or voice message when prescribed fires are happening at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Go to to register.



Posted 10/16/2017




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