Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

October 14, 2013

Orange barrels on a highway

Prescribed burns scheduled in southeastern Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists in southeastern Minnesota may see smoke from prescribed burns throughout the fall along various highways, including:

  • Highway 14 west of Claremont
  • Highway 52 near Harmony and Canton
  • Highway 56 between Rose Creek and LeRoy
  • Interstate 90 near Eyota
  • Highway 218 between Austin and Owatonna
  • Wetland restoration near Hokah
  • Wetland restoration near Ellendale

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

Trained prescribed burn crews monitor these burns, which promote native prairie vegetation growth and control weeds and brush. 
The burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayers’ money. 

To learn more about prescribed burns, visit www.mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.

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

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.


Pay Attention Slow Down in Workzones