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Camp Ripley plans controlled burns until March 15

The Camp Ripley Fire Department and Range Control Office will conduct controlled burns Wednesday through March 15, day and night in order to reduce brush piles in the training area.

The Camp Ripley Fire Department and Range Control Office will conduct controlled burns Wednesday through March 15, day and night in order to reduce brush piles in the training area.

"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," Pat Boone, fire chief on Camp Ripley, said in a release. "However, the weather conditions provide an opportunity for preventative burns earlier than usual."

During this time period the surrounding areas of Camp Ripley can expect to see and smell smoke. All burn piles are within safety regulations due to the amount of snow on the ground, the release said. The team will work to maintain control of the burn pile smoke by paying attention to wind direction and speed.

"Controlled burns are conducted every year to reduce the chance of a wildfire," said Maj. Don Warner, Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer. "Additionally, burning off old vegetation keeps prairie grasses pristine and strong."

The fires are started, monitored and controlled in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Camp Ripley Fire Department, the release said.

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Questions concerning the burns may be addressed to the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at 320-616-3122.

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