Prescribed burn north of Somerset clears land for a reasonSmoke filled the skies in northern St. Croix County on Wednesday (April 22).
Smoke filled the skies in northern St. Croix County on Wednesday (April 22).
The flames, however, weren't a grass fire gone wild. Crews from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service were conducting a controlled burn at the Prairie Flats South Waterfowl Production Area. The effort is part of organization's plan to restore native prairie grasses and forbs on the WPA.
Some of the fires you see this spring will be prescribed burns by the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Those controlled fires will take place on both public and private lands in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. They'll range in size from 10 to 100 acres and are scheduled on a four- to five-year rotation.
The burns create pockets of open water for waterfowl, improve habitat for nesting birds and songbirds, and preserve grassland and native flowers.
For information about prescribed burns or an individual burn site, contact (715) 684-2914 or (715) 246-7784.