Camp Ripley to conduct controlled burns
CAMP RIPLEY — The Camp Ripley Fire Department will conduct controlled burns starting Tuesday and will do so through March 15, throughout the day and night.
“Vegetation that has collected since the summer has been piled and will be burned off to reduce any hazards that may occur once the winter season is over,” said Tim Notch, training area coordinator.
During this time period the surrounding areas of Camp Ripley can expect to see and smell smoke. All burn piles are controlled and are within regulations due to the amount of snow that is on the ground.
“The staff at Camp Ripley apologizes for this. However conducting the burns greatly reduces the chances for uncontrollable wildfires,” said Maj. John Donovan, Camp Ripley public affairs officer.
Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins. However, the increase in on-post projects requires preventative burns earlier than usual.
“The fires are started, monitored and controlled in accordance with the Department of Natural Resources and the Camp Ripley Fire Department,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey, Camp Ripley public affairs.
Questions concerning the burns may be addresses to the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at 320-616-3122.