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Oak/Blueberry prescribed burns

The Oak/Blueberry prescribed burns are designed to improve oak and blueberry habitat by reducing competing vegetation and allowing oak trees and blueberry plants to thrive in the future. 

 April 29, 2016, Duluth – Warm and dry spring weather conditions are allowing the Superior National Forest to continue prescribed fire activities that will improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, and restore or maintain forest health in areas of the Forest. Fire crews are also prepared to respond to wildfires as conditions dry.

Fire crews focused efforts yesterday and will continue today on burning near Echo Lake and Lake Jeanette along the Echo Trail within the LaCroix Ranger District. The purpose of this management is to improve oak and blueberry habitat to benefit moose. The Forest is working to improve mast and berry production in these areas for the moose, a species whose numbers have declined across northern Minnesota in recent years. The oak and blueberry habitat is located on rock knobs and outcroppings where fuels are sparse and dry quickly after the snow melts or after rains. This week, three separate units totaling approximately 200 acres are planned. This is a continuation of prescribed burning in this area that began a week ago when crews successfully completed two units and part of a third unit for a total of 34 acres.  

If favorable conditions continue the Forest Service plans to complete additional prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in areas of the Kawishiwi Ranger District, near Ely, MN.  For more information regarding these planned prescribed fires, please call the fire information line:  (218) 208-4544.

The Oak/Blueberry prescribed burns are designed to improve oak and blueberry habitat by reducing competing vegetation and allowing oak trees and blueberry plants to thrive in the future. We are anticipating completion of these burn units today or tomorrow and then transitioning to several fuels treatment prescribed burn units in the Ely area. The fuels treatment burn units are understory fire treatments designed to help reduce surface and ladder hazardous fuels and to create patches on the landscape which will lower the intensity of future wildfires if they occur. Nearly a dozen units have been identified and planned for prescribed burning in the Ely area. Weather and vegetation conditions determine which units are ready for burning and plans may change as conditions change.

Based on weather and fuels conditions we will be moving towards some of these Ely area burns over the next several days. 

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