DNR Plans Controlled Burns

The DNR will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit in Buena Vista, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties.

Areas scheduled for prescribed burns include Bluebird Access in Buena Vista County… and Barringer Slough, Dan Green Slough, Deweys Pasture, DU Marsh, Fen Valley, Highbridge, Little Sioux and Ocheyedan in Clay County.

The DNR says prescribed burns are used to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities and reduce wildfire potential and vary in size from a few acres to several hundred acres. Areas are typically burned every one to five years. 

Prescribed burns typically begin mid to late morning and are completed by late afternoon or early evening between late March and early May. The DNR says burns will be conducted on a day that meets the objectives and weather conditions defined in the burn plan.  Any prescribed burns that are not able to be completed this spring will be considered for the burn schedule next fall.