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DNR conducts controlled burn in Eau Claire County


Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Right now the fire danger is listed as high across the Chippewa Valley and much of Wisconsin.

Because of the dry conditions burning permits are required and there are restrictions on what you can and cannot burn.

But a day like Monday, was exactly what the DNR needed in order to light a controlled burn.

There are checklists, plans and procedures before the DNR can light a prescribed burn.

If all the factors don't fall into place like humidity, wind direction and speed then the team can't go ahead with the burn.

But if they do get the green light, a back fire is lit along the safety line at the end of the burn zone.

This fire burns slowly into the wind and workers can keep a close eye on the flames.

"Eventually light the south side of the unit, which would then be burning with the wind, we call that the headfire.  So that burns in towards the middle and helps draw in that slow back burn fire.  All the fuel, it all comes together right in the center of the unit," says DNR wildlife biologist Jess Carstens.

And what's left after that is what you see, a charred landscape, which may look dead and gone, but the fire helps bring new life to this grassland and will stir up new life this summer.

The days remaining for the DNR to light controlled burns are dwindling because a lot of these grassy areas are greening up and wildlife is starting to nest.

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