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Prescribed Fire Today in Mnoke Prairie

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(Photos Courtesy of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be burning the 196 acre Mnoke Prairie in Porter Indiana today.
 Fire has played an important role in restoring this former farm land back into the prairie it used to be. 
Ignition is set to begin between 12 and 1pm, weather permitting. Smoke will be visible throughout the
 afternoon and into the early evening.
 
The prescribed fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducted by trained and
experienced National Park Service fire personnel. Smoke dispersal is a primary concern and park
staff will do everything possible to limit smoke in the area by monitoring wind and atmospheric
conditions prior to ignitions. However, smoke drifting in and around park lands and roadways is
possible.
 
Clear management goals and objectives have been established for each burn unit. Before burning, a
designated set of conditions must exist including ideal air temperature, wind speed and direction, and
relative humidity. Weather conditions will be monitored throughout the duration of the burn to ensure
the fire is completed safely.
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