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Controlled Burn of Prairie 2021

Controlled Burns of Prairie and Native Plant Practices 2021
Posted on 10/25/2021
Controlled Burns of Prairie and Native Plant Practices 2021

For many years, the City of Davenport has recognized the value of using native plant materials in its landscapes. Recognizing that value, the City has incorporated native plants into public landscapes throughout the City, including rain gardens, bioretention cells, and prairies.

The public may not know that native plants require fire, or periodic burning, to thrive and control the spread of invasive and noxious plant species. Because fire is vital to the health and productivity of these important ecological systems, the City conducts controlled burns in the spring and fall to keep these natural assets working.

The series of controlled burns to take place this fall will occur between October and December at the following locations:  Black Hawk Garden Detention Ponds, Fairmount Wetlands, Sunderbruch Park, Eastern Ave Library, Public Works and Scott Emergency Communication Center Prairies, Hobart Prairie, creek buffers along Duck Creek Recreational Trail east of Harrison St and at Valley Vista and George Washington St and W 32nd Street between Harrison and Brady, and the Jersey Ridge Prairie at Duck Cruck.

Because controlled burns rely heavily on different aspects of the weather such as wind speed, wind direction, relative humidity, plant moisture content, etc. we cannot provide the exact date and time the burns will take place at each location; however, at a minimum, adjacent/affected property owners will be notified, and signage placed when burns are being conducted.

Burn permits and prescribed burn plans are in place for the burns to be conducted, and the Fire Department will be on-site to assist with burn control as needed.

When the burns are conducted, weather conditions are monitored for wind conditions to conduct smoke away from occupied buildings. However, the closeness of some buildings to the burn areas may mean that smoke will be present and may enter buildings despite best efforts to prevent it. It is recommended that persons with smoke allergies or asthma keep their windows closed when a burn is being conducted and for several hours afterward. These persons may also wish to leave their homes if they are able during the burn to avoid smoke exposure.

Visit and click on the Controlled Burns tab for more information.