Bellefontaine and Zanesfield fire departments participate in Myeerah prairie burn


By Tami Wenger - For Civitas Media



Members of the prairie burn crew prepare the Savannah Grassland patch for a controlled burn on April 2.

Members of the prairie burn crew prepare the Savannah Grassland patch for a controlled burn on April 2.


Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

Precautions are taken prior to a controlled burn, including keeping onlookers at a safe distance.


Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

Controlled burns at Myeerah Nature Preserve eliminate non-prairie growth and allow land to return to its prairie state.


Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

After the controlled prairie burn, crew members make sure all is safe before packing up their gear.


Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

Map is courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

A controlled burn on Sunday, April 2, at the Myeerah Nature Preserve served a dual purpose. Prairie burns help achieve natural resources management objectives and provide wildland fire training for Logan County firefighters. Myeerah Nature Preserve is the former Girl Scout camp located at 7405 state Route 540, Bellefontaine.

The weather conditions must be checked to find the right time to have a controlled burn, with wind speed and relative humidity being important. They readied the equipment and everyone kept watch over the burning areas, a total of 3.1 acres. Burning the grasslands help knock out the trees growing in that section. When they are doing a wooded area this helps encourage the oak growth not maple.

Jeremy Keller, Wildland Fire Manager, along with parks volunteer Ron Neiman and the Bellefontaine and Zanesfield Fire Departments conducted successful burns in four areas: Savannah, Samoa, Do-Si-Do South and Junior. Yes, all the areas are appropriately named after past and present Girl Scout Cookie names.

Members of the prairie burn crew prepare the Savannah Grassland patch for a controlled burn on April 2.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/04/web1_DSC_0287-1.jpgMembers of the prairie burn crew prepare the Savannah Grassland patch for a controlled burn on April 2. Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

Precautions are taken prior to a controlled burn, including keeping onlookers at a safe distance.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/04/web1_DSC_0304-1.jpgPrecautions are taken prior to a controlled burn, including keeping onlookers at a safe distance. Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

Controlled burns at Myeerah Nature Preserve eliminate non-prairie growth and allow land to return to its prairie state.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/04/web1_DSC_0330-1.jpgControlled burns at Myeerah Nature Preserve eliminate non-prairie growth and allow land to return to its prairie state. Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

After the controlled prairie burn, crew members make sure all is safe before packing up their gear.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/04/web1_DSC_0332-1.jpgAfter the controlled prairie burn, crew members make sure all is safe before packing up their gear. Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

Map is courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/04/web1_map.jpgMap is courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Tami Wenger | for Civitas Media

By Tami Wenger

For Civitas Media

Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.

Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.