Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 7, 2018

Prescribed burning occurring May 7 along Interstate 90 near Eyota

EYOTA, Minn. — Motorists on Interstate 90 near Eyota may see smoke from prescribed burns on Monday, May 7, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The area of I-90 south of Eyota near the Highway 42 interchange (Exit 224) is among six sites in southeast Minnesota scheduled to be burned in the coming weeks, weather conditions permitting.

Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn areas warning of the potential of smoke. Motorists should be attentive and watch for the burn crews, who are monitoring these efforts. Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

The other sites scheduled for burning in southeast Minnesota are:

  • Highway 52 near Harmony
  • Highway 56 near LeRoy
  • Interstate 35 north of Albert Lea
  • Steele County south of Owatonna
  • Highway 218 near Blooming Prairie

MnDOT performs the prescribed burning of grassland vegetation along many roadsides, which provides for optimal vegetation health.  Healthy roadside vegetation provides safer clear zones, stabilizes soil, conveys runoff, and treats stormwater runoff. Healthy roadside vegetation also provides additional benefits such as preserving populations of rare species and making roadsides more attractive. Fire also promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road. Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayer money. 

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

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.