Monday, April 27, 2015

Prescribed burn taking place southwest of Highway 75 near Crookston Tuesday, April 28

Bemidji, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is conducting a prescribed burn along Highway 75 southwest of Crookston on Tuesday, April 28.
Trained prescribed burn crews monitor these burns. Burns operations are conducted to promote native prairie vegetation growth and control weeds and brush.
Traffic should not be affected and Highway 75 will remain open during the burn.
Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayer money. Burning serves as a safety measure. Prescribed fire is used to control brush and small trees near the roadway, which would otherwise become safety hazards. Fire promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road.
Several prescribed burns remain on MnDOT’s schedule in northwestern Minnesota and will be done as weather conditions and road construction schedules allow. Others are:
· Highway 75 in Polk County north of Crookston
· Highway 75 in Marshall County between Warren and Stephen.
· Highway 75 in Kittson County between Halma and Lake Bronson.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
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