Local parks are going up in smoke, but don’t call the fire department.
Each year the park district implements controlled burns throughout many of our local parks.
When the burns take place depends on weather and wind conditions. Residents near each park will be notified before the process takes place.
Setting fire to the prairie grass actually benefits the area, allowing native plants to thrive and cutting down on weeds.
“The burns are something we do every year, and it cuts down on the woody plants and weeds, and really helps the good prairie grasses to come through,” said Park District Staffer, Danielle Hlava.
Controlled burns also reduce tree disease and can even encourage more wildlife in the area.
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