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Prescribed burns proposed for Columbia County properties in coming weeks

By Central Office March 7, 2018

Contact(s): Sara Kehrli, DNR wildlife biologist, 608-635-8123

MADISON -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plan to conduct prescribed burning on a number of properties in Columbia Countyin the coming weeks if appropriate weather conditions exist.

Prescribed burning is part of ongoing efforts to preserve and restore the landscape found within DNR properties throughout Wisconsin. These burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients and help control invasive species.

Burning is planned at the following DNR managed properties:

The window for conducting prescribed burns is relatively small, due to the special weather conditions required. The moisture level of groundcover, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity must be just right for a safe and successful burn. Please note that planned burns may or may not occur, based on these factors.

Prior to any prescribed burns, trained personnel assess the area to determine wind direction and speed, relative humidity, grass moisture and safety requirements. Qualified personnel control fire behavior through the use of comprehensive planning and specialized fire equipment. Local police and fire officials are notified when and where burns will take place.

For more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit and search keywords "prescribed burning."

Last Revised: Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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