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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to conduct spring burns

Updated: April 29, 2013 11:58AM



As part of a restoration effort, the National Park Service has scheduled six prescribed fires this spring at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

About 600 acres will be burned in order to reduce nonnative plant species, reduce dead and downed vegetation, and provide suitable habitats for native plants and butterflies. The fires are planned for April as weather permits. Park personnel will try to limit smoke dispersal on park lands and roadways by monitoring wind and atmospheric conditions prior to ignitions.

Two fires will occur near Portage. One will cover 196 acres in the Tolleston Dunes area, located south of U.S. 12 between County Line Road and Stagecoach Road. Another 100-acre burn is planned for West Beach, located east of County Line Road between Oak Street and the entrance road leading to the West Beach parking lot.

Three fires are scheduled for the Miller Woods Area near Gary. A 66-acre burn will occur in the area north of U.S. 12/20 from Virginia Street and headed east to the railroad tracks. A second fire will cover 32 acres north of U.S. 12/20 and east of Interstate 65/90. A small 10-acre burn is planned around the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

Near Porter, the Mnoke Prairie is scheduled for a fire, which would cover 193 acres north of U.S. 20 and Beam Street, to help restore the prairie to its natural state. A second burn is set for 193 acres south of U.S. 12 between Teale Road and Hadenfeldt Road.

A 169-acre fire is planned between East State Park Road and Derby Avenue, north of Beverly Drive and south of Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores.



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