The City of OFallon Parks and Recreation Department, with assistance from the OFallon Fire Department, plans to perform a prescribed burn of approximately 17 acres of native prairie located within Rock Springs Park, 1428 East 3rd Street on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, weather permitting.
Residents residing near Rock Springs Park who have pre-existing health conditions that may be impacted by the smoke from the burn should contact Jamie Frank at 624-0139 ext. 4372 to make arrangements for accommodations, said Mayor Gary L. Graham. While the burn is a necessary procedure, we want to be certain that our residents are effectively protected.
Favorable wind and weather conditions are required to safely undertake the burn. Alternate weather dates are scheduled for March 26th, March 27th, April 1st or April 2nd.
The prescribed burn will be conducted between 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. with the exact start and end times dependent on weather conditions. Rock Springs Park will be closed during the prescribed burn and prescribed burn in progress signage posted at the entrance of the park. The OFallon Parks and Recreation Department has completed and filed a prescribed burn plan with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and has been issued an open burn permit from the IEPA to conduct the prescribed burn.
Fire is a natural process in prairie ecosystems and prescribed burning is a controlled introduction of fire where it cannot occur naturally or in an otherwise uncontrolled manner. Prescribed burning is required to establish, sustain and enhance native prairie grass communities like those found at Rock Springs Park. Prescribed burning recycles nutrients, controls undesirable vegetation, promotes the establishment and growth of desirable prairie vegetation and improves wildlife habitat.
For more information about the burn or to make health accommodations, please contact Jamie Frank, Park & Grounds Superintendent via email at email@example.com or Michael Siebert, Park Maintenance Supervisor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both can be reached by phone at 624-0139 ext. 4372