Shawnee Forest Sees Burning of 10,000 Acres

Prescribed burn to maintain vegetation

 

 

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service for the first time in recent history oversaw the burning of more than 10,000 acres this year in southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest.

Fire management officer Scott Crist says the prescribed burning is designed to mimic fire that historically occurred in the forest. The burns are done to maintain the vegetation that’s been here mostly since the retreat of the last glaciers about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

Forest Service officials say using fire to bring light into the forests helps oaks and hickories get established and grow. Without fire, shade-tolerant species will take over and eventually replace those trees as the dominant species in the forest.

See also  Trump Administration Pledges to Work with States on Wildfire Prevention

Officials say the burns also diminish the risks of wildfires during dry spells by reducing the amount of pine needle, leaf litter and sticks.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Topics

Prescribed burn to maintain vegetation     CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service for the first time in recent history oversaw the burning of more than 10,000 acres this year in southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest. Fire management officer Scott Crist says the prescribed burning is designed to mimic fire that historically occurred […]

Get The Wildland Firefighter Newsletter

Related Articles

Drone Halts Helicopter Response to OR Fire

Drone Halts Helicopter Response to OR Fire

David Smigelski - Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore. Sep. 13—A helicopter was forced from the air in the middle of a firefight Monday when a drone appeared over a fire burning on Pioneer Road. Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest...

OR Adopts CA Fire Tactic, Shutting Power Amid High Winds

OR Adopts CA Fire Tactic, Shutting Power Amid High Winds

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon utilities shut down power to tens of thousands of customers on Friday as dry easterly winds swept into the region in the hopes that it would lessen the risk of wildfires in extremely dry and hot...