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MIlls Park Prescribed Burn

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Weather permitting, the Park District of Oak Park will conduct a prescribed burn of the native grasses in Mills Park for the purpose of improving the health of the plantings. Prescribed burning is perhaps the most important tool in successfully managing restored ecosystems. Because our native plant communities have evolved with periodic fires occuring naturally, the native plant areas in our parks also depend upon regular burning to thrive.

Conducting a prescribed burn is weather dependent and will only occur within the parameters for wind speed, wind direction, and relative humidity. Snow or ice cover and moisture level of the dead vegetation are also considered. Prescribed burn will be conducted by experienced and certified crews that have extensive training  and certification in fire behavior and logistics from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).  All prescribed fires are conducted with permits from the state Environmental Protection Agency divisions and the local fire department. Local fire and police departments are contacted prior to, during, and after the fire. This project is a Greening Initiative of the Park District of Oak Park.

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