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April 30, 2013




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Prescribed fires planned along Highway 65, Highway 55,
Highway 10 and Lake Wobegon Trail


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Local residents and motorists traveling near St. Cloud, Cambridge, Isanti, Belgrade and other areas in mid-Minnesota may see smoke from roadside prescribed burns this spring and again in the fall.


The burns are planned for MnDOT rights of way in the following areas.


The burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness.


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


The burns are conducted by fully trained crews and will improve native vegetation and help with weed control.


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


For more information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit


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