Local residents and motorists who travel Highway 65 in Cambridge will see smoke from roadside prescribed fires today, Wednesday, May 16.

Traffic should not be affected and all roadways will remain open.

Prescribed fires may also occur alongside other state roads in Central Minnesota throughout the year.

Motorists approaching any prescribed fire work zone should slow down, navigate with caution and watch for burn crews and equipment.

The prescribed fires are controlled by trained crews and conducted within MnDOT rights of way during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. MnDOT performs the prescribed burning of grassland vegetation along many roadsides and on state owned properties, which provides for optimal vegetation health. Healthy roadside vegetation provides safer clear zones, stabilizes soil, conveys runoff, and treats stormwater 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 right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayer money. 

For more information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.

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