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DNR set controlled fires in Warren County

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Published on Mar 29, 2012

A huge grass fire raged today just east of Carlisle but don't worry it's under control by the same people who set it. The fire was set by the Department of Natural Resources.

It was one of the controlled fire's they set every year in their prescribed burning program.

The goal of these fires is to keep the prairies owned by the DNR clean of overgrown weeds and unwanted trees.

"These areas in the flood plain are so prone to trees growing up in and we'd like to keep the grass established," says Casey Trine from the Iowa DNR.

Afterward the grass will return quickly and the wildlife will go back to normal.

The land they burn on is paid for by hunting and fishing licenses.

"If you just had a solid stand of timber you wouldn't have the diversity of wildlife," says Trine.

For this unusual job, the team led by Casey Trine uses all sorts of tools to start, control and then put out the fire.

In a few weeks this desolate, burnt up land will turn into wild prairie for hunters, bird watchers and explorers.

"It's very enjoyable. I knew growing up I wanted to do this right away. We are gearing our work for those guys, how we can improve. make their experience in the resource that much better," says Trine.

Before humans moved into this area mother nature started prairie fires to keep the grasslands pure.

Now it's the DNR's job to keep that process going.

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