The National Park Service (NPS) is planning six prescribed fires this spring
at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Approximately 1,350 acres will be burned, according to a statement released
on Tuesday. “Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration
* The Dune Ridge Trail prescribed fire, at the east end of the park, will
occur in the area of East State Park Road and Lake Front Drive. These 262
acres will help in creating a buffer to lower the threat of wildfire on the
west side of the Town of Beverly Shores
* On the east side of Beverly Shores, 186 acres will be burned between
Montana Ave. and Central Beach.
* Also at the east end of the park, a 190-acre area will be burned to
improve plant and animal habitat in the area of Furnessville Road and U.S.
* On the west side of Dune Acres, 347 acres in the Cowles Dune area will be
burned. This area is between Mineral Springs Road, Dune Acres and the NIPSCO
Bailly Generating Station.
* Some 125 acres will be burned on the east side of Ogden Dunes, near the
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. This burn will reduce the threat to the
community of wildfires by reducing available fuels on NPS and Town of Ogden
* And in Gary, 347 acres in Miller Woods will be burned. This burn unit is
located west of the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Burning in this area is meant to improve wetlands habitat and restore
“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.”