Prescribed Burn Planned For Oakville Prairie West Of Grand Forks

Flames from a prescribed fire at Oakville Prairie Field Station west of Grand Forks consume dead vegetation in October 2015. A crew from Badger Creek Wildfire, a Montana company that specializes in prescribed fire, is hoping to conduct another burn in the next few days on the property that is jointly managed by UND and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. (Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Flames from a prescribed fire at Oakville Prairie Field Station west of Grand Forks consume dead vegetation in October 2015.  A crew from Badger Creek Wildfire, a Montana company that specializes in prescribed fire, is hoping to conduct another burn in the next few days on the property that is jointly managed by UND and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. (Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)

Weather-permitting, a  prescribed burn at the UND Oakville Prairie Field Station and Wildlife Management Area near Emerado, N.D., tentatively is set for later this week.

The site is jointly managed by UND and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

According to Kathryn Yurkonis, a UND associate professor of biology, personnel from Badger Creek Wildfire in Poplar, Mont., are scheduled to arrive Wednesday, Nov. 2, to assess conditions and conduct minimal operations on the Game and Fish Department’s Prairie Chicken WMA unit near Manvel, N.D.

If conditions allow, Badger Creek Wildfire personnel will proceed with operations on two, quarter-section units in Section 16 of the joint UND-Game and Fish Oakville Prairie Field Station between Thursday and Saturday.

That will be the only attempt at burning this season, Yurkonis said. Moisture conditions have severely limited access to the site this fall, and crews are preparing to conduct operations on foot if necessary, she said.

The Oakville field station will be closed to public access during prescribed burning operations, and motorists should use caution in the area because of the potential  for reduced visibility along roadways.