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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 Burning Resumes on the Moquah Barrens on Wednesday

Northwest Sands Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
News – 5/28/2019

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Additional Prescribed Burns Planned at Moquah Barrens Wednesday

Washburn, Wis. (May 28, 2019) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning to conduct additional prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens north of Ino, Wis., Wednesday.

“We successfully completed two units on Sunday and are planning to complete two additional units tomorrow,” said Jennifer Rabuck, West Zone Fire Management Officer, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Chequamegon- Nicolet National Forest burned nearly 3,000 acres on Sunday reducing hazardous fuel loads, encroaching shrubs and trees, improving wildlife habitat and promoting barrens native plant species.

Wednesday’s units will total a little more than 800 acres. The two units are near the intersection of Forest Road 241 and 244 as well as Forest Road 242 and 241.

“Signs will be posted letting people know that fire activity is happening in the area. Anyone who is traveling in the area are asked to do so with caution,” said Rabuck.

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 Wednesday 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.

Fire staff will be on site for multiple days implementing and monitoring the burns. The burns are only implemented after careful planning and coordination.

For more detailed information about the prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens please visit

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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Photo Caption – Prescribed burn operations at Moquah Barrens Sunday.