Control burn set for Topeka owned grasslands

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The City of Topeka is scheduled to begin Monday, March 16, burning grassland properties it owns. Wind and weather conditions will determine when to burn. The control burning is expected to continue into the following week.

Areas to be burned include:

  • NE Chester behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Oakland neighborhood;
  • Auburndale Park stormwater detention facility off I-70 East of the MacVicar exit;
  • MacVicar and I-70 near the storage units;
  • Garfield Park wetland area east of Garfield Park Community Center along the old Soldier Creek channel;
  • Jackson Street stormwater basin from 5th to 8th Street

The Jackson Street burning will likely take place either Saturday, March 21st, or Saturday, March 28th, to avoid pedestrians, traffic and some business hours.

The City says the purpose of burning is to control woody and invasive species, while promoting the renewal of native grass species which are necessary for proper function of stormwater green infrastructure. The fire department will be notified when we begin burning and once we are finished conducting the burns and the sites have been secured.  Permits have been obtained for each of these areas.

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