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April 29, 2021

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Prescribed burning occurring April 29 along westbound I-90 near Eyota

EYOTA, Minn. — Motorists on Interstate 90 near Eyota may see smoke from prescribed burns on Thursday, April 29, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The area is south of Eyota along westbound I-90 near the Highway 42 interchange (Exit 224).

Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn areas warning of the potential of smoke. Motorists should be attentive and watch for the burn crews, who are monitoring these efforts. Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

MnDOT performs the prescribed burning of grassland vegetation along many roadsides, which improves vegetation health. Healthy roadside vegetation provides safer clear zones, stabilizes soil, conveys runoff, and treats stormwater runoff. Healthy roadside vegetation also provides additional benefits, such as preserving populations of rare species and making roadsides more attractive.

Fire promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road. Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed.

Earlier this week, MnDOT completed prescribed burns on Interstate 35 from Clarks Grove to the I-90 interchange on the west side of the road, and on Hwy 56 from Rose creek to Adams.

For more information visit MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program website.

Motorists are urged to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.