PORTER | Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore plans to burn the 196-acre Mnoke Prairie in the town of Porter today.
Ignition is set to begin between noon and 1 p.m., weather permitting. Smoke will be visible throughout the afternoon and into the early evening, according to officials at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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.