The Conservation Corps of Minnesota in cooperation with the city of Red Wing will conduct a controlled, prescribed burn of select native prairie on Barn Bluff / He Mni Can on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. The burn crew will be focusing on the west end of the bluff.
The purpose of a controlled, prescribed burn is to reduce invasive species in select areas and to stimulate existing prairie plants. Prescribed burns are an important step of a long range management plan to preserve and enhance the native and restored prairie communities within Red Wing, Planning Manager Steve Kohn said in a news release.
The schedule is dependent on weather and wind conditions; however, it is anticipated that the burn will begin around 10 a.m. and be completed by 3 p.m.
Fire and smoke will be noticeable from great distances due to the bluff top prairie locations. Barn Bluff / He Mni Can will be open and available for public use; however, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid the burn area while the prescribed burn is taking place and while burn crew members are on the scene.