Setting fires to help the environment

Photo courtesy Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreNational Park Service personnel keep a close eye on one of the past prescribed burns in the Dune Ridge area of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

DUNE ACRES – While uncontrolled wildfires have ravaged large areas of the West this year, the National Park Service plans to set a few controlled fires in Northwest Indiana to protect the environment – if the weather cooperates.

The Park Service is planning five prescribed fires this fall in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, with a total of about 1,233 acres scheduled to be burned.

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