Heads Up! Prescribed Burns Coming To Kane Forest Preserves

Heads Up! Prescribed Burns Coming To Kane Forest Preserves

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But that does not necessarily mean there’s danger.

When is fire a good thing? When it’s a carefully controlled, prescribed burn in your local Kane County forest preserves.

Each spring and fall, the Forest Preserve District conducts prescribed burns across prairies, woodlands and wetlands in an effort to improve or maintain the ecological health of a site.

These carefully controlled burns release nutrients from burned plant materials, encourage seed growth, and open the woodland floor to sunlight so native wildflowers and plants can flourish.

Prescribed burns also reduce the abundance of non-native brush such as buckthorn.

Grassland/wetland and woodland sites targeted for this fall burn season include portions of the following:

  • Almon Underwood Prairie Forest Preserve in Elburn
  • Andersen Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles
  • Arlene Shoemaker Forest Preserve in Aurora
  • Aurora West Forest Preserve in Aurora
  • Barnes Forest Preserve in Aurora
  • Big Rock Forest Preserve in Big Rock
  • Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve in Elburn
  • Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove
  • Bolcum Road Wetlands in St. Charles
  • Bowes Creek Greenway in Elgin
  • Braeburn Marsh Forest Preserve in Batavia
  • Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve in Sycamore
  • Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin
  • Campton Forest Preserve in St. Charles
  • Culver Forest Preserve in Aurora
  • Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia
  • Eagles Forest Preserve in Elgin
  • Elburn Forest Preserve in Elburn
  • Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva
  • Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin
  • Fox River Forested Fen Forest Preserve in Elgin
  • Freeman Kame-Meagher Forest Preserve in Gilberts
  • Great Western Trail
  • Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve in Elburn
  • Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove
  • Helm Woods Forest Preserve in Barrington
  • Hoscheit Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles
  • Jelkes Creek Forest Preserve in West Dundee
  • Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn
  • Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin
  • Kenyon Farm Forest Preserve in South Elgin
  • Lake Run Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove
  • LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles
  • Lone Grove Forest Preserve in Maple Park
  • Meissner-Corron Forest Preserve in St. Charles
  • Mill Creek Forest Preserve in Batavia
  • Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve in Hampshire
  • Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora
  • Otter Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin
  • Pingree Grove Forest Preserve in Hampshire
  • Poplar Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin
  • Raceway Woods Forest Preserve in Carpentersville
  • Raymond Street Forest Preserve in South Elgin
  • Sauer Prairie Kame Forest Preserve in Elburn
  • Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve in West Dundee
  • Stony Creek in Elgin
  • Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles
  • Tyler Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin

Before a controlled burn, trained staff survey the preserve and create a detailed plan of action. They then carefully monitor the weather and wait until conditions are right, to minimize the chance of smoke blowing toward homes and roads.

Staff also notify nearby residents via mail, so that those with health concerns can avoid the smoke.

Information is posted on the Forest Preseve District website at www.kaneforest.com and on social media, by searching @forestpreserve.

For more information on prescribed burns, contact the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at 630-232-5980.

SOURCE: Forest Preserve District of Kane County news release