Prairie Burns Scheduled Across Town | Public Spaces
The West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department will conduct prescribed prairie burns in areas across the city over the next six months.
Prairie burns enhance the native vegetation that is already growing on the land. The fire stimulates the growth of some species and stunts the growth of many weed species.
As weather permits Southwoods Park, City Hall and the Library, Fire Station #18, Ashawa Park, Crossroads Park, Willow Springs Park, Jordan Creek Trail Park, Beh Glen Park and Raccoon River Park will all have their prairie areas burned.
Areas will look bare and blackened at first, but by the spring they will be full of new life.
Wind conditions play a big role in the timing of each burn, safety is the main concern.
Rescue crews will be on call when burning is taking place.