Controlled Burn Planned for Dubuque’s West 32nd St. Detention Basin
Be aware of a controlled burn tomorrow in Dubuque,
A controlled burn is planned for the W. 32nd St. Detention Basin to manage species invasion and stimulate native plants. Weather permitting, the burn will be conducted by Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) on Tuesday, April 26.
A test fire will be lit to confirm smoke dispersion will not limit visibility on any roadways. If the wind shifts to an unfavorable direction or weather conditions change, the burn will be extinguished. If smoke action is unacceptable at the time of the test fire, the controlled burn will be canceled. Throughout the test fire and the controlled burn, the City of Dubuque Fire Department will be on hand or on call depending on the amount of manpower necessary.
The W. 32nd St. Detention Basin features a combination of wetland vegetation, wildflowers, and prairie grasses. The extensive root systems of the grasses improve the ability of the soil to infiltrate water and decrease erosion by anchoring the soil. Prairie grasses also increase organic matter, store carbon, and require less long-term maintenance than traditional landscaping.