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A DNR employee uses a drip torch to set fire to old vegetation along a stream. DNR photo.

DNR plans at least 19 grass fires in region to improve wildlife habitat

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BALDWIN - Where there is smoke, there is fire, but out in the fields and meadows, this is not always a bad thing.

As the flames race across the field, the fire consumes dead vegetation, invasive species and other harmful plants, leaving a mineral rich coating of ash on soil that is newly exposed to the sun's energy. This will spur the growth of hardy native plants, creating wildlife habitat while making it more difficult for invasive species to gain ground.

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