SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST WORKS WITH LOCAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS SUPPRESSING WILDFIRE IN ALEXANDER COUNTY

Release Date: May 8, 2018  

Contact(s): Tracy Fidler


HARRISBURG, IL (March 8, 2018) – On the afternoon of May 8 Shawnee National Forest wildland fire fighters were dispatched to assist East Cape Fire Protection District in suppressing a wildfire in Alexander County. At the time of this news release the wildfire was reported to be approximately 40 acres. Wolf Lake Fire Protection District is also assisting in controlling the wildfire.

The wildfire started on Illinois state-owned land, but could spread to private land and/or national forest lands. The fire is located near Reiman Road, west of State Highway 3 in Alexander County. People may notice smoke while traveling State Highway 3 and smoke may be visible for hours after the wildfire is contained.

 

About Shawnee National Forest

Administered by the USDA Forest Service, Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/shawneenf and Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/shawneenatlforest.

 

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

 

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

 

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