The National Park Service (NPS) is planning four prescribed fires this fall
at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Approximately 550 acres will be burned, NPS said in a statement released on
Wednesday. “Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration
Two fires are planned near the City of Portage:
* A 73-acre fire in the West Beach area north of the West Beach entrance
* And a 125-acre fire--in cooperation with the Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire
Department--on the west side of Ogden Dunes along the north side of U.S.
Highway 12. “This burn will reduce the threat of
wildfires in the community by reducing available fuels on National Park
Service and Town of Ogden Dunes lands,” NPS said.
Two other fires are planned in Duneland:
* A 262-acre fire in the area of East State Park Road and Lake Front Drive,
in the Dune Ridge Trail area. This fire “will help in
creating a buffer to lower the threat of wildfire in the Town of Beverly
Shores,” NPS said.
* And a 190-acre fire in the area of Furnessville Road and U.S. 12. This
last fire will “improve plant and animal habitat,” NPS
“The prescribed fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is
conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel,”
NPS noted. “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 is possible.”
“Clear management 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.”