Motorists on Interstate 90 near the Dresbach Welcome Center may encounter smoke from prescribed burns on Wednesday, April 24, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT).
The area is scheduled to be burned as part of Mn/DOT’s regular vegetation management, enacted when weather conditions are ideal.
Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn areas warning of the potential of smoke. Motorists should be attentive and watch for the burn crews, who are monitoring these efforts. Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Mn/DOT performs the prescribed burning of grassland vegetation along many roadsides, which provides for optimal vegetation health. Healthy roadside vegetation provides safer clear zones, stabilizes soil, conveys runoff, and treats storm-water runoff. Healthy roadside vegetation also provides additional benefits, such as preserving populations of rare species and making roadsides more attractive. Fire also promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road. Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway rights-of-way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayer money.
Other sites in Southeast Minnesota may be burned this spring, depending on weather conditions. Mn/DOT will issue alerts in advance.
For more information on Mn/DOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.
Mn/DOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 511 or log on to www.mndot.gov.
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