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Prescribed burns scheduled in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, Oct 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Motorists in southeastern Minnesota may see smoke from prescribed burns throughout the fall along various highways, including:

Highway 14 west of Claremont

Highway 52 near Harmony and Canton

Highway 56 between Rose Creek and LeRoy

Interstate 90 near Eyota

Highway 218 between Austin and Owatonna

Wetland restoration near Hokah

Wetland restoration near Ellendale

Traffic should not be affected and all highways will remain open during the burns.

Trained prescribed burn crews monitor these burns, which promote native prairie vegetation growth and control weeds and brush. 


The 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 taxpayers’ money. 

To learn more about prescribed burns, visit

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For statewide travel information, visit, call 5-1-1 or log on to

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