Prescribed Fires Set to Begin Across Illinois
Natural resources officials say the annual burns control invasive plant species and stimulate the growth of native vegetation. The spring burn season typically runs until mid-April.
Fires can only be conducted when conditions are just right in the spring. That means the temperature, humidity and wind speed must be appropriate to conduct a burn. The managers who lead the crews must also be trained by federal standards and certified according to state law.
Officials say most of the state's habitats are adapted to periodic fires. They say this form of management is a cost-effective way to keep Illinois woodlands and prairies in a healthy condition.
See other LocalNews news:Salem Woman Faces Multiple Charges After Car Plows Through Building
Homeless Salem Man Charged With Burglary to Grandfather's Home
Salem Man Charged with Aggravated Battery to Pregnant Girlfriend
Centralia Woman Faces Felony Theft Charge For Taking Money From Purse
Centralia Police Add Additional School Resource Officer