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Controlled Prairie Burn

The Oak Lawn Park District Maintenance Department , in conjunction with Pizzo & Associates, its stewardship contractor, is planning a prescribed natural area burn at both Wolfe Wildlife and Oak Lawn Park District Prairies within the next two weeks ....
The actual day of scheduling will be dependent upon weather and environmental conditions sometime during the period above. The actual burns will take 1-2 days to complete.   Natural area burns are designed to enhance the quality of the existing native plant communities, control invasive species and remediate wildlife habitat.  

These burns are conducted in accordance with county and state laws and permits.  Prescribed burns may produce abundant amounts of local smoke for short periods of time.  Burns are scheduled on days when wind conditions will minimize the impact of smoke on nearby residences and roadways. Persons with any respiratory health issues including asthma are advised to remain indoors or away from the area on the day of the burn.  If you have health concerns, please contact Pizzo to be added to a notification list for Oak Lawn and/or Chicago Ridge prior to burning.   You may contact Pizzo & Associates at 815-495-2300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Prescribed fire is an integral part of the ecological restoration of natural areas. This prescribed burn has been permitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and your local fire department. Every step of the process is supervised by a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager who has been qualified by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Pizzo & Associates Ltd. has safely completed hundreds of prescribed burns throughout the Great Lakes region. The native plant
communities of Northern Illinois require the reintroduction of fire in order for native flora and fauna to thrive.

Due to the highly variable nature of weather, specific burn dates cannot be set far in advance. The prescribed burn will take place during burn season, typically between October 20th and May 1st.

The burn will be on a day when the dormant/dead vegetation and leaves are dry (i.e., not covered in snow or during rain) and when the temperature is at or above freezing. Additionally, there will not be a burn if the Illinois EPA Bureau of Air - Air Quality Index is forecast to be above 100. Each burn generally lasts a few hours between 9:30am and 5:30pm, with little or no inconvenience to neighboring property owners. To avoid the smell of smoke, keep your windows closed
during the burn. If you have a severe respiratory issue you may want to make arrangements to leave the area for the duration of the burn. If you have questions or would like to be notified in advance of the burn, please call our Prescribed Fire Hotline: 815-495-2300 and leave a message at extension 122 with your Name, Phone number, Street address and City, Subdivision or Community, and a short description of your question or concern.

CALL 815-495-2300 ext. 122.