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Prairie burn April 11

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:37 a.m. CDT

The public is invited to watch a controlled prairie burn at 7 p.m., Friday, April 11, at the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve.

Fire is a very important management tool for Iowa’s tall grass prairies, according to Katie Cantu of the Jasper County Conservation Board, and the public is invited to witness this event. Prairie used to cover about 85 percent of Iowa’s landscape, and was periodically burned off due to lightning strikes or fires set on purpose by Native Americans.

Participants are asked to arrive by 7 p.m. The Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve is located by driving north off of exit 179 (Lynnville exit) from I‑80. The preserve entrance is reached by going another mile east on the gravel road, Jacob Avenue. Meet at the east entrance.

The Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve prairie and the use of fire to burn prairie will be interpreted by the Jasper County Conservation Board. Old clothing and shoes are appropriate; cameras may be desirable.

In case of rain or strong winds, the burn will be canceled. Call (641) 792‑9780 or check www.jaspercountyconservation.com for more information.