Prescribed Burns to Take Place at Giant City State Park, Shawnee National Forest

Prescribed Burns to Take Place at Giant City State Park, Shawnee National Forest

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HARRISBURG – The U.S. Forest Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fire crews will be cooperating to conduct a prescribed fire March 24, weather permitting.

The Drury Creek East Prescribed Fire Unit is about 430 acres on portions of Giant City State Park, Shawnee National Forest, and private lands west of Shiloh Road. If winds or other elements change, officials said burns will be postponed, and possibly other burns may be conducted instead.

Members of the public can expect the bulk of smoke to be visible in mid to late afternoon and dissipate before dark.

To learn more about prescribed burning and its benefit in restoring southern Illinois forests visit https://letthesunshinein.life/  and https://www.fs.usda.gov/land/shawnee/landmanagement.

To download a list and map of planned burns for Shawnee National Forest lands click here.

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