Prescribed burns scheduled at two Upper Peninsula sites today

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UPPER PENINSULA — Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire staff will conduct prescribed burns today on Drummond Island and in Alger County in the Upper Peninsula.

The 311-acre Drummond Island burn is designed to improve wildlife habitat.

The 52-acre burn in Alger County’s Limestone Township is intended to maintain grassy openings for wildlife.

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.

Check out the story map, “Prescribed Burns,” which takes a detailed look at how prescribed burns work, including stories, photos and videos.

Burns sometimes are canceled at the last minute due to careful monitoring of weather and wind conditions.

For more information about the DNR’s fire management activity, visit Michigan.gov/FireManagement

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