Fire

Shawnee National Forest to use prescribed fire on March 5 and 6, weather permitting. Prescribed fire is a planned fire that is overseen by professionals. Fall marked the beginning of the forest’s prescribed burn season, during which professionals plan to burn up to 10,000 acres.  Prescribed fires...
No injuries were reported when a fire destroyed a barn between Anna and Lick Creek on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25.
No injuries were reported when a fire destroyed a barn between Anna and Lick Creek on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25.  The blaze was reported to the Anna Fire Department at about 4:28 p.m. The Anna, Cobden and Jonesboro fire departments responded to the call at 6275 Lick Creek Rd., about 7.5 miles from...
Fire destroyed a barn near Lick Creek Wednesday evening, Jan. 25.
Fire destroyed a barn near Lick Creek Wednesday evening, Jan. 25. The Anna, Cobden and Jonesboro fire departments responded to the call.
A firefighter removes debris from a house in Anna Monday morning.
No injuries were reported following a fire which destroyed a house in Anna early Monday morning. The blaze was reported to the Anna Fire Department at 6:22 a.m. Monday at a residence at 205B E. Vienna St.  The structure was located along an alley between East Vienna and East Chestnut streets. The...
WPSD Local 6 has announced plans to support relief efforts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. by airing the first two hours of the Smokey Mountain Rise Telethon, Tuesday, Dec. 13, tonight, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on WPSD 6.3 Local 6 Classic TV.  The lineup of performers includes Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper,...
As wildfires threaten homes throughout the Gatlinburg, Tenn. area, especially those located in or near wilderness areas, State Farm representative Kip Diggs shares the following tips can help you assess your risk and identify ways to protect your home and family from a wildfire. Good wildfire...
The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be a wonderful time as friends and family come together to celebrate, but according to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, IFSA, it is also a period in which fire and burn hazards become more prevalent.  In fact, the National Fire Protection...
Situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, Shawnee National Forest provides critical wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl, songbirds and other wetland dependent plants and animals.  Partners have been a vital component in accomplishing wetland restoration and enhancements...
It seems counterintuitive: in order to preserve something in nature, nature must be managed.  And not gently: conservation management techniques include tree harvest, prescribed burns, even sometimes application of herbicides.  James Zaczek, professor and chair of the Department of Forestry at...
Fire helps maintain healthy oak forests, according to scientists who study birds, native plants and other wildlife.  That’s why the U.S. Forest Service/Shawnee National Forest use fire as a tool to restore Southern Illinois forests. “Fire rejuvenates the forest. It increases nutrient availability,...

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