Prescribed burn demo April 15

As a follow-up to the prescribed burn workshop held in Hillsboro in late January, the natural Recources Service office in Marion is planning a prescribed burn demonstration for 9:30 a.m. April 15.

The demonstration will be conducted near Aulne so that landowners and operators may observe a safe and constructive prescribed burn in the field.

Registration for this event is required and can be completed by calling the conservation district office at 620-382-3520 by April 11.

Directions to and details about the demonstration site will be mailed to each participant or can be picked up at the conservation district office located at 303 Eisenhower Drive in Marion.

The event will begin with NRCS staff presenting and discussing the prescribed burn plan and map. When conditions are considered safe and meet the desired parameters, a designated crew will then conduct the prescribed burn, giving participants a chance to view the crew and equipment at work.

After the main fire is completed, a small area will be left unburned to allow participants a chance to use ignition and suppression equipment on-site and ask questions about observations made during the main fire.

Due to the quick changes in Kansas weather, the demonstration may need to be rescheduled. Participants will be asked for their name and contact information during registration so NRCS staff can quickly contact them if conditions do not allow the burn to be completed on April 15.

If the burn is postponed, participants will be contacted with the alternate date and time.

In addition to the NRCS, the demonstration is being sponsored by the Marion County Conservation District and the Marion County Extension Council.

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