MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are planning several controlled burns throughout the Northeast region this spring.
DNR officials say the fires burn up dead plants, invasive species and other harmful plants. The result is a mineral-rich coating of ash on top of soil that is exposed to the sun, spurring the growth of native plants and creating habitat for wildlife.
The fires will be carried out in April, May and possibly June, depending on weather conditions.
Areas scheduled for burning are:
- Brown County: Holland Wildlife Area
- Calumet County: High Cliff State Park, Brillion Wildlife Area, Killsnake Wildlife Area, Stockbridge Ledge Natural Area
- Fond du Lac County: Comstock Bog, Muir Park, Red Banks, Stockbridge Ledge, Oakfield Ledge, various scattered small properties as part of the Glacial Habitat Restoration Area project
- Green Lake County: Berlin Fen
- Kewaunee County: Brusky Wildlife Area, Besadny Fish & Wildlife Area
- Manitowoc County: Rosecrans area, Collins Marsh Wildlife Area, 3 burns for easements within the county
- Marinette County: Dunbar Barrens State Natural Area, Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area
- Marquette County: Wedde Creek
- Oconto County: Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area
- Waushara County: Greenwood Wildlife Area, White River Fishery Area
- Winnebago County: Various scattered small properties as part of the Glacial Habitat Restoration Area project
The DNR says there are strict guidelines for the burns. Workers have plenty of firefighting equipment and start the fires only when weather conditions are favorable. The goal is to make sure the fire stops before it crosses property boundaries.
Land parcels are usually burned on a two- to five-year rotation and range in size from two to 340 acres.