The Department of Natural Resources plans to complete this spring's routine controlled burn of Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve anytime between now and the end of April.
The DNR's Division of Nature Preserves will set a date for controlled burning when weather conditions are suitable and will notify area news media of the activity the morning of the event.
Because smoke from the controlled burning can create a visual hazard for motorists, local officials will close Main Street, between Wiggs Street in Griffith, and Kennedy Avenue in Schererville during the burn, as done in previous years.
Hoosier Prairie is a large tract maintained by the nature preserves division. It contains prairie, oak savanna and marsh habitats on both sides of Main Street in Griffith, Schereville and Highland.
The DNR conducts the controlled burn each spring and fall in order to preserve the area's rare prairie/savanna habitat, which requires sunny, open conditions. Without the fires, trees and plants common to other areas eventually would crowd out and eliminate rare prairie and savanna plants.
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