Press release

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plans to conduct prescribed burns on state wildlife areas in Calumet, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties.

The burns will take place in coming months if and when weather and ground conditions meet strict standards for safety and effectiveness.

Prescribed burning is one tool DNR uses to preserve and restore landscapes found within state-managed properties throughout Wisconsin. These burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients and help control invasive species.

In this three-county area, burns are planned for the Brillion, Killsnake, Rosecrans, Besadny and Collins Marsh state wildlife areas.

Because specific weather conditions are required, the window for conducting prescribed burns can be small. Among other factors, staff assesses moisture level of ground cover relative humidity, and wind speed and direction. For this reason, planned burns may not occur in any given season.

Qualified personnel control fire behavior and ensure safe operations by using comprehensive planning and specialized fire equipment. Local police and fire officials are notified when and where burns will take place.

For more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “prescribed burning.” Written or verbal comments are encouraged. Comments or questions can be directed to Steve Easterly, DNR wildlife biologist, 2220 East County Rd V, Mishicot, WI 54228 or at 920-755-4983. Comments should be received by April 20.