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Fermilab Roads and Grounds conducts a prairie burn inside the Main Injector on March 5. The trees on the right side of the plume are 20-plus feet tall. nature, landscape, fire, prairie, sky, sun Photo: Marty Murphy

Fermilab Roads and Grounds conducts a prairie burn inside the Main Injector on March 5. The trees on the right side of the plume are 20-plus feet tall.

December Prairie Burns

(1/3) Unusual December weather this past week has allowed the Roads and Grounds Group and the Ecology Group to conduct three large prescribed burns safely in the Main Ring, totaling 342.7 acres. Pictured here is the Main Ring southeast quadrant burn, 105.4 acres. nature, landscape, prairie, fire, ecology Photo: Dave Shemanske

Unusual December weather this past week has allowed the Roads and Grounds Group and the Ecology Group to conduct three large prescribed burns safely in the Main Ring, totaling 342.7 acres.

A fire gremlin gives Fermilab a final farewell for spring 2016 during the final prescribed burn for the season, which took place on April 18. Even a small burn can be very hot. Good planning is essential to a safe burn. Fermilab Roads and Grounds conducted 16 prairie burn events totaling about 407 acres. In so doing, they completed 90 percent of their projected burn plan for last fall and this spring.