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Arboretum prairie burn underway

April 1, 2010

A controlled burn at the UW–Madison Arboretum began late this morning, Thursday, April 1, and will last several hours.

East Curtis Prairie is being burned in accordance with rotating fire plans designed to mimic natural fires that maintained the health of native prairie plant communities before settlers arrived in Wisconsin centuries ago.

The fire will be visible from the Beltline, but is not expected to cause visibility problems for highway drivers or neighborhood residents. For more information, contact Molly Fifield-Murray at (608) 262-5522 or

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