Large Smoke Plume or Header and Ash Thursday Afternoon was a Controlled Burn in Lake County Near Lindenhurst, West of Wadsworth, Waukegan

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A large header or large plume of smoke in the area of Lindenhurst and Lake Villa area of Lake County is reported to have been a large controlled burn.

According to WGN meteorologist Mike Hamernik, the large plume of smoke was visible on radar at 1:12 p.m. Thursday.

Some residents of Lake County reported ash falling on their property from the smoke, and 9-1-1 call centers received several calls of smoke seen Thursday afternoon.

The controlled burn was possibly in the Raven Glen Forest Preserve, Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve or Wadsworth area. There were no alerts posted on the Lake County FPD’s Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Lake County Forest Preserve District reported February 11, 2015 that they were involved with brush pile burning in Lakewood, Wauconda, Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth and Old School, Mettawa

Each spring and fall, restoration ecologists conduct controlled burns across hundreds of acres throughout the preserves.

Controlled burns are considered a natural resource manager’s most cost-effective tool available for managing natural communities. They help control invasive shrubs and trees. Without fire, buckthorn, honeysuckle and other aggressive non-native species invade local habitats and shade out native plants

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