WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News - Prescribed Fires Set to Begin Across Illinois

Prescribed Fires Set to Begin Across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Crews from the Department of Natural Resources are set to begin prescribed fires in habitats across Illinois for the next several weeks. 

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 Theatre Receives Grant
Illinois Prisons Dealing with Backup Power Issues
Quinn: Eating Crackers on Minimum Wage Challenge
Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Jobs, Veterans
Numbers Show Marion County has the Most Sex Offenders Per Capita in the State




This Site logo