Prescribed Burns to be Conducted at Lakewood Estates, Volunteer Park and Boucher Prairie Nature Preserve


Prescribed burns will be conducted in several locations of Romeoville sometime between November 1, 2018 and May 15, 2019, weather permitting. Burn management is dependent on weather conditions, as such; a specific date cannot be provided.

These locations include:

• The naturalized storm water detention area south of Lakewood Estates. Please click here to view the area.

• The Boucher Prairie Nature Preserve, located immediately east of Boucher Prairie park and the Lakewood Springs subdivision, southeast of the intersection of Airport Road and Ritchfield Trail. Please click here to view the area.

• The naturalized basin located in Volunteer Park. Please click here to view the area.

Periodic burning of wetland and prairie vegetation is a standard technique for managing natural areas and is used by land managers, such as the U.S. Forest Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Will County Forest Preserve, and others. Prescribed burning releases nutrients into the soil, promotes seed and plant growth, and keeps invasive woody plants from shading out native grasses and wildflowers. This prescribed burn is part of the Village’s ecological management plan for this natural area.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has granted V3 a permit to conduct this burn on behalf of the Village of Romeoville. The activity is permitted by the Romeoville Fire Department and Lockport Fire Protection District, who have received notice and will be contacted the day of the burn before ignition and after the burn is extinguished. The staff of V3 is trained and experienced in Wildland Fire Fighting and prescribed fire, and will conduct the burn in a safe and expeditious manner.

If you have any questions or concerns about this activity or would like to be contacted on the day of the burn, please contact Keith Jones at (630) 729-6207. If you have medical issues that would be affected by smoke, please contact Keith so plans can be made to accommodate those medical needs.

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