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Northwest Sands Prescribed Burns

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

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Prescribed Burns Planned at Moquah Barrens

Northwest Sands Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
News – 5/25/2019

NOTE TO MEDIA – Please contact the Chequamegon-Nicolet Public Affairs Officer, Hilary Markin, if you have further questions. She can be reached at 715-482-0115 or email

Prescribed Burns Planned at Moquah Barrens

Washburn, Wis. (May 24, 2019) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens north of Ino, Wis., beginning Sunday. “We would like to burn four separate units this spring, most likely doing one unit each day,” said Jennifer Rabuck, West Zone Fire Management Officer, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Fire specialists plan to burn approximately 3,788 acres in the four units to reduce hazardous fuel loads, encroaching shrubs and trees, improve wildlife habitat and promote barrens native plant species. “The large smoke columns tend to attract people to the area of the burn,” said Rabuck. “We will have signs posted letting people know that fire activity is happening in the area. We ask that anyone who needs to travel in the area to do so with caution.” Fire specialists will be on site for multiple days implementing the burns. These specialists are highly trained and the burns are only implemented after careful planning and coordination. “Before a burn is started, weather conditions are assessed to ensure they are optimal to achieve burn objectives; too much wind or moisture, or lack of moisture, can affect how and when fire is used,” said Rabuck. The four areas that will be burned are in Moquah Barrens north of the Bladder Lake Recreation Area along Forest Roads 244, 448, 449 and 241.

There will be several road closures in the Moquah Barrens during burning operations. The Iron River Trail will be rerouted during burning operations of Block C between Forest Roads 241 and 236. A temporary reroute will be signed using the Tri-County Corridor Trail between Forest Roads 241 and 419. Please respect road guards and signage for everyone’s safety.

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 weekend and possibility into next week. For more detailed information about the prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens please visit