National Park Service to Burn Debris Piles This Winter

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Date: February 24, 2012

The National Park Service will be burning debris piles this winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). A fire crew will burn multiple debris piles in the Port Oneida Historic District along M-22 north of Glen Arbor, as weather permits. The piles were produced as part of an effort to preserve the historic landscape in Port Oneida.

To ensure safe, but effective, consumption of the piles, they will be burned only under a specific set of weather and fuel conditions, or "prescription." In addition to safety, smoke dispersal is a primary concern and wind direction and speed will be monitored to minimize smoke drifting onto roadways. The prescribed fire program at the National Lakeshore is conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel.

For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134 or visit their website at Also, check out their Facebook page at

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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