Controlled burns to be conducted at Dunes Lakeshore
POST-TRIBUNE REPORT December 18, 2013 6:02PM
Updated: December 18, 2013 8:50PM
PORTER — The National Park Service will burn debris piles this winter at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The burn piles are at Cowles Bog west of North Mineral Springs Road and north of U.S. 12 in Porter. About 40 piles of debris from restoration efforts will be burned. Controlled burning of the debris piles in the winter months reduces the amount of hazardous fuels on the prairie in the dry spring months.
Trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel conduct the prescribed fire program at the lakeshore. 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 before lighting the fires.
However, smoke drifting in and around parklands and roadways is possible.
Clear management goals and objectives have been established for each burn. 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.