Prescribed burns scheduled today are expected to improve wildlife habitat

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UPPER PENINSULA– Wildlife and native vegetation are expected to benefit from prescribed burns scheduled today.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire personnel will be working in the following U.P. areas:

  • Mackinac County’s Moran Township, where a 218-acre burn will improve wildlife habitat.
  • Iron County’s Mastadon Township, where a 134-acre burn is designed to improve wildlife habitat.

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

Prescribed burns are one way the DNR keeps lands and forests healthy. 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.

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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