Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 12, 2014

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Prescribed fires planned along Hwy 55, Lake Wobegon Trail, Hwy 10

May 12-31

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Local residents, motorists and others in St. Cloud, Sauk Centre, Paynesville and Brooten may see smoke from roadside prescribed fires beginning May 12 through May 31, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The burns are planned in the following three locations.

  • Along Highway 55 between Paynesville and Brooten
  • Near Highway 10 at the St. Cloud Travel Information Center
  • Along the Lake Wobegon Trail near Sauk Centre

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

The prescribed fires are controlled by trained crews and conducted within MnDOT rights of way during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness They are used to improve native vegetation and weed control.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution and slow down in work zones.

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

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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