EMPIRE — The National Park Service is planning a prescribed burn for four units south of Empire on Friday.

Weather permitting, park personnel will burn off available fuel to boost fire-dependent ecosystems and head off wildfires, according to a release.

Burns are planned within four areas totaling 2,028 acres between Esch and Peterson roads, and White Pine Backcountry Campground will be closed, as will some trails between Esch Road Beach and Peterson Road.

It’s the second prescribed burn within the National Lakeshore, with NPS burning 917 acres in 2019.


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