There are a lot of nature areas nestled into Eden Prairie neighborhoods, which is part of what makes it such a great place to live.
Nature areas also bring the possibility of brush and wildland fires, which people usually equate with more wooded or rural areas. Though we aren’t generally at risk for the catastrophic destruction that wildfires can bring, with the dry vegetation and gusting winds, brush fires in our nature areas have the potential to spread quickly.
Yesterday, the Fire Department responded to two separate brush fires, one at the boat launch area near Staring Lake and the other near Edenvale Park. The fire near the wooded area of the boat launch was caused by a discarded cigarette, which ignited the dry vegetation and spread quickly. The fire near Edenvale Park was caused by a recreational fire on private property that was left unattended. Both fires were discovered right away and the Fire Department was able to quickly extinguish them.
Protect your family and your neighborhood. Make sure you understand and abide by Eden Prairie’s recreational fire guidelines. If you are a smoker, please extinguish your smoking materials properly.
For more information on brush and wildland fires, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.