Burn Crew Volunteers from Dudgeon-Monroe and Westmorland Neighborhoods Light Up the Night
SW Bike Path Users Experience the Spring Ritual of Prairie Management Burns
April 25, 2013, SW Bike Path, Madison, Wisconsin–SW Bike Path volunteers initiated the Wingra Watershed 2013 prescribed fire season last night with a series of carefully managed fires along the SW Bike Path and in Westmorland Park.
Community restoration volunteers from the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) and Westmorland Neighborhood Association (Westmorland) formed a large burn crew to first burn the DMNA Prairie (aka Odana Road Prairie); then they moved across the bike path to burn a prairie planting known as “Jana’s Prairie” in the Westmorland Neighborhood; the evening concluded with a prescribed burn of a small prairie in Westmorland Park.
Groups conducting prairie fires along the SW Bike Path (and elsewhere in Madison) must apply for, and receive, a burn permit from the City of Madison Fire Department. The permit establishes a set of strict weather conditions including permissible minimum and maximum wind speeds.
The burn permit issued by the City of Madison Fire Department also stipulates that prescribed fires along the SW Bike Path can’t begin until 6pm.