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Northwest Sands Blocks B, D & J

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Rhinelander, WI 54501

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A prescribed burn at NW Sands Burn Block B.Image options: [ Full Size ]


The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens north of Ino, Wis., this week beginning Wednesday.

Fire specialists will be burning approximately 3000 acres over multiple days in three separate units to reduce hazardous fuel loads, encroaching shrubs and trees,

These specialists are highly trained and the burns are only implemented after careful planning and coordination.

The three areas that will be burned are in different parts of the Moquah Barrens. The first area is near the Bladder Lake Campground along Forest Roads 244, 849 and 241. The second is along Forest Road 248 and Forest Road 423 and the third along Forest Road 242 and 236, north of Ino.

Smoke from these burns can be visible from great distances and can sometimes impact visibility in the nearby communities. Fire personnel will be onsite monitoring the burn and smoke throughout the week.

The prescribed burns are being conducted by the Forest Service with assistance from other federal, state and local partners. The burns will include helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, wildland fire engines, fire fighters, tools and equipment.

Prescribed fire is one of the management techniques that the Forest Service uses to restore the unique pine barrens ecosystem at Moquah Barrens. This ecosystem has evolved naturally over time with fire being the key component in maintaining its biological integrity. Pine barrens are a type of savannah that includes large open areas, scattered trees and a diversity of grasses and wildflowers.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
CausePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginWednesday May 16th, 2018 approx. 09:00 AM
Incident CommanderJennifer Rabuck, USFS
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Fire
Coordinates46.606 latitude, -91.204 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel50
Size3,000 Acres
Fuels Involved

grass, brush