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The Good of Controlled Burns

HIAWATHA, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) - As summer creeps slowly into the Corridor, so does the risk of grass fires.

On Friday, the Hiawatha Fire Department along with local eco-groups performed a controlled burn on one of the city's prairie fields.

They say they try to perform one of these burns on each prairie at least every three years to help manage evasive plants that can sneak their way into Iowa.

But while Friday's fire was planned, firefighters say every year they encounter grass fires caused by human error, such as unattended camp fires and discarded cigarettes.

For controlled burns, firefighters plan according to weather conditions to better control the fires. Two of the most important weather conditions taken into consideration are moisture levels and winds.
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