Controlled fire burn

Prescribed burns taking place

Each year the Park Maintenance, Bloomington Fire Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct prescribed burns together to restore Bloomington’s native prairies, wetlands and park landscapes. City staff will be conducting prescribed burns through May 31. 

Prescribed burns do a lot of good. They remove built-up thatch and weed seeds; invigorate new growth of native plants, trees and wildflowers; control invasive plants; minimize the spread of pest insects; improve habitats for endangered species; and protect communities from fires.

To minimize risk, prescribed burns are conducted only when the burn area is dry, wind velocities are moderate, humidity is between 35 – 80%, and air temperature is 32 – 65 degrees. The exact date and time and may not be known until the day of the burn because of these variables. Staff will post notifications on the City’s website and social media accounts. 

To learn more about prescribed burns and see a list of potential 2021 burn sites, visit