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DNR Conducting Prescribed Burns Throughout Illinois
Warmer weather, increased sunshine, and the smell of burning leaves are all telltale signs that spring is nearly here.
Ahead of the season, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is announcing it will be conducting prescribed burns across the state through mid-April.
Prescribed burns are used to clear out underbrush so the rest of the vegetation has a chance to thrive.
"It recycles the dead material that's on there, creates nutrients," DNR Natural Areas Program Manager John Wilker said. "It opens up the area for new re-seedlings to become established. Rejuvenates both populations of plants and animals."
The DNR says it's also one of the most cost-effective ways to stimulate new growth and control invasive plant species.
As part of the plan, the prescribed fires will happen only when conditions are right, which is why we see more burn piles in the spring.
If you see smoke from a fire, call it in. But keep in mind that if it's near a state site, the fire is likely a prescribed burn.
Click here for more information on the prescribed burns.