The National Park
Service (NPS) is planning five prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes
NPS expects to burn
approximately 950 acres as part of its long-term restoration and hazard-fuel
¥In Gary, 178 acres
of oak-savannah in a continued effort to restore Miller Woods immediately
west of the Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
¥Also in Gary, 62
acres west of County Line Road and south of U.S. Highway 12 near the
Woodlake Dunes Apartments.
¥In Porter, the
191-acre Mnoke Prairie north of Beam Street and west of U.S. Highway 20, as
part of the long-term restoration of this tall-grass prairie, one of the
last natural prairie areas in Northwest Indiana.
Shores, 77 acres of the Dunewood Campground, to reduce woody debris and leaf
litter around the campsites.
¥In Hobart, 178
acres of the Hobart Prairie Grove on the west side of Lake George, along
both sides of the Lake County Parks bike path.
fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducted by trained and
experienced National Park Service fire personnel,” NPS said. “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
goals and objectives have been established for each burn unit,” NPS added.
“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.”
Residents of Porter
County may register to receive prescribed fire notifications through Porter
County’s “Alert Porter County” system. As part of the program, residents can
sign up to receive a text message, e-mail or voice message when prescribed
fires are happening at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Go to