Prescribed fires will take place at Lake of the Woods and River Bend Forest Preserves in Mahomet, Sangamon River Forest Preserve in Fisher, Homer Lake Forest Preserve in Homer and the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in Penfield. Prescribed burns are weather permitting and will be conducted during the day.
Fire Managers are certified in several classes of prescription and local fire agencies are contacted prior to any burns.
This management is part of an ongoing effort to improve forest and prairie health. Reintroducing fire into the ecosystem will reduce hazardous fuels and promote native species' competitive advantage over invasive species.
Prescribed burning is a method used to promote healthier, more vigorous woodlands and grasslands. The burns are supervised with fire breaks and boundary lines and are conducted by trained individuals after notification of local fire protection districts.
Burning promotes growth by clearing the nonnative and invasive plant growth. The controlled fires kill or restrict invading vegetation and recycle nutrients back into the soil.