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Feb. 22, 2024

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Prescribed burns planned for Feb. 26 on Highway 10 near Perham, New York Mills

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be conducting prescribed burns along Highway 10 in areas east of Perham and near New York Mills on Monday, Feb. 26, weather permitting.

Traffic will be directed to slow down in the area, but all roads will remain open. Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn areas warning of the potential of smoke. Motorists should be attentive, obey traffic control and watch for the burn crews, who are monitoring these efforts.

Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. There is no need to report fires that are attended by a burn crew or when “Controlled Burn Ahead” signs are placed beside the road.

Healthy roadside vegetation is necessary to prevent weed infestations, control erosion, protect water quality and keep roadways safe. Fire is an important aspect of vegetation management because it enhances native plant communities and stimulates growth. For more information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit www.mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slowdown in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.