NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO BURN DEBRIS PILES THIS WINTER
Contact: Dan Morford, 219-395-8840
The National Park Service will burn debris piles this winter at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The burn piles are at Cowles Bog west of North Mineral Springs Road and north of US 12 in Porter. Approximately 40 piles of debris from restoration efforts will be burned. Controlled burning of the debris piles in the winter months reduces the amount of hazardous fuels on the prairie in the dry spring months.
The prescribed fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 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. However, smoke drifting in and around park lands and roadways is possible.
Clear management goals and objectives have been established for each burn. 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.
Did You Know?
Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.