In Gary’s Miller community, controlled fires were started to destroy ticks in Marquette Park. The fires were started and controlled by Ecorealm, LLC and will be set during this winter’s burn season – this November through April 2021. The controlled fires also help control the view-obstructing woody brush and restore the native plants and wildlife of healthy oak savanna.
Burns are necessary maintenance for the major grant funded restoration work done in the park a few years ago.
These areas will be burned with a south wind so that smoke should go toward the lake. We will temporarily reroute traffic from the Marquette Drive/Montgomery/Oak Avenue loop inside the Park, to Forest Ave and North Newton St.
Burning and road closures will likely be between noon and 4 p.m.
The neighborhood homes should get no more than minimal smoke because fires must be set with a south wind.
Contact Sandy O’Brien, natural area manager with Ecorealm, LLC, if you have a smoke sensitive health issue or other concern and would like to be notified about the exact day of this or any future controlled burn, at 219-743-0679 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.