Burn off in Forest Park helps maintain the parks ecosystem

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Maybe you've been one of the many visitors Forest Park has seen over the past several beautiful warm spring days. If you've been in the park or just driving through this week, chances are that you've seen the smoke coming from several different portions of the park from ongoing fires.

But not to worry! All is well at the park as these fires were planned and are advantageous. Five different portions of land in the park were chosen to receive this prescribed burn. Among those areas are the Cricket Field, Deer Lake, and Steinberg prairie. The crews began working early Monday and continued throughout Tuesday. The focus for these prairies and savanna habitats is to help sustain and restore health to fire-adaptive environments.

The prescribed burns were all completed for this season as of late Tuesday. The process is very weather dependent. Park crews monitored the weather forecast and were able to avoid today's windy and slightly more humid conditions. They will revisit this procedure though again once the fall rolls around.

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