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MnDOT prescribed fire planned April 26 along Highway 10 east of Wadena

When approaching a prescribed fire in progress, treat the area as a work zone. There is no need to report fires that are attended by a burn crew or when “Controlled Burn Ahead” signs are placed beside the road.

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WADENA — Residents and motorists who travel along Highway 10 east of Wadena may see smoke while crews conduct a prescribed fire on Tuesday, April 26.

Traffic should not be affected, and all roadways will remain open, according to a MnDOT news release. When approaching a prescribed fire in progress, treat the area as a work zone. There will be workers on the roadside, so concentrate on driving and follow any temporary traffic instructions.

There is no need to report fires that are attended by a burn crew or when “Controlled Burn Ahead” signs are placed beside the road.

Prescribed fires are controlled by trained crews and conducted within MnDOT property at optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. MnDOT performs prescribed burns of grassland vegetation along many roadsides and on state-owned properties, which provides for optimal vegetation health. Healthy roadside vegetation provides safer clear zones, stabilizes soil, conveys runoff and treats stormwater runoff, according to the release. Fire also promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road.

Motorists should be alert for future burning efforts in central Minnesota. If weather conditions are good, future prescribed fires are planned this season for:

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  • Highway 71 near Bertha, Todd County
  • Highway 371 from Fort Ripley to Brainerd Rest Area, Crow Wing County
  • Highway 10 near St. Cloud Travel Information Center, Benton County

Work is weather permitting and will be rescheduled if necessary.
For more information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html . For travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org .

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