PORTER | Former farmland was targeted Thursday by officials at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a prescribed burn.
Started just after noon, specially trained workers burned the 196-acre Mnoke Prairie in the town of Porter.
According to Micah Bell, fire prevention and education tech for the Fire Management Office of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, fire has played an important role in restoring this former farm land back into the prairie it used to be.
The prescribed fire program at IDNL is conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel. 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 prior to ignitions, according to Bell. However, smoke drifting in and around park lands and roadways is possible.
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, said Bell.