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According to the Michigan DNR, native plants and wildlife will benefit from prescribed burns scheduled around the state today.
One of them was in Schoolcraft County. The DNR continued working on a burn of more than 600 acres in Inwood Township. Portions of the burning project, which benefits wildlife, were completed last week.
DNR fire staff carefully set and monitor the fires.
Prescribed burns are one way the DNR keeps lands and forests healthy. The burns are planned to achieve specific objectives – often simulating the benefits of natural fires.
The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government.
Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns.
In addition to enhancing wildlife habitat, prescribed burns are used to help with forest regeneration, restore and maintain native plant life, control invasive plant species and reduce the risk of wildfires.
For more information about the DNR’s fire management activity, visit Michigan.gov/FireManagement.