The goals of the fire management program at Indiana Dunes National Parkare to manage wildland fire to protect the public and communities, conserve natural and cultural resources, and restore and maintain ecological health.
The Fire Management program in Indiana Dunes National Park encompasses a wide variety of disciplines. The national park fire management staff includes: the fire management officer, a wildland fire specialist, a fire program managment assistant, firefighters, fire effects personnel, and a fire prevention and education technician. They perform a full range of wildland fire management operations and services, including; fire prevention and education, planned ignitions and suppression of unplanned ignitions, hazard fuels management, monitoring, and research. For a copy of the fire program's 2016 accomplishments, please contact the Fire Prevention and Education Specialist at 219-395-8150 or email us..
Planned Ignitions Prescribed fire is used to ignite low intensity fires when weather conditions are right. The goal of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuel build-up, while safely reintroducing fire to the ecosystem to meet specific resource management objectives.
All unplanned fires at the national lakeshore will be put out as quickly as possible. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore fire staff work closely with interagency partners including Indiana Department of Natural Resources, local fire departments of Porter and Lake Counties and the City of Gary.
Fire Education and Prevention
Last updated: April 13, 2023