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NPS to burn 40 debris piles this winter in Cowles Bog area

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The National Park Service (NPS) will be burning debris piles this winter in Cowles Bog at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The approximately 40 debris piles--located west of North Mineral Springs Road and north of U.S. Highway 12--are left from restoration efforts at Cowles Bog.

“Controlled burning of the debris piles in the winter months reduces the amount of hazardous fuels on the prairie in the dry spring months,” NPS said.

“The prescribed fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel,” NPS added. “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,” NPS said. “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.”


Posted 12/18/2013