Prescribed Burns Scheduled

Highway 218

AUSTIN, Minn. — If you’re driving through southeastern Minnesota, don’t be alarmed if you see a little smoke.

Prescribed burns will be underway soon along area roadways.

They will go on throughout May.

It includes parts of Highway 218, seen here, between Austin and Owatonna.

The action promotes native vegetation growth, while controlling weeds and brush.

It’s just one of the ways MN-Dot helps keep Minnesota roads in top driving condition.

“We do prescribed burns, it’s part of our tools that we use to manage vegetation so it is healthy and can provide those services we find important,” Environmental Coordinator Nathan Gregor said. “Usually, along with mowing of course and herbicide treatment and some biological control too.”

The burns are scheduled during optimal weather to ensure safety and effectiveness.

And drivers are urged to use caution when approaching these work zones.

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