The Chippewa National Forest fire crews announced they plan to conduct several prescribed burns across the forest, starting as early as today as weather conditions allow.
The exact dates of operation are dependent on current and forecasted weather conditions.
The “Wagner” unit 2.5 miles east of Alvwood on the Blackduck Ranger District will have a 15-acre burn to set back the brush encroachment.
The “Not Turtle” units are 2 miles north of Talmoon within the Deer River Ranger District. The 4.3-acre burn will set back the brush encroachment.
The “Johnson Lake Hunter Walking Trail” units, also in the Deer River Ranger District, are approximately 8 miles north of remer. There are four separate openings totaling 10 acres of prescribed burning that will help set back the brush encroachment that is creeping into the opening.
The prescribed fire restores a once-occurring natural process that ecosystems rely on for plants, such as blueberries. The primary mission of burn is to maintain wildlife openings for native plants, insects and animals.
Smoke may be visible to area residents and visitors, occasionally drifting across roads adjacent to the burn areas.
Questions on the prescribed burns can be directed to the Blackduck Ranger District at (218)835-4291.