The Lake County Forest Preserves will be dispatching professionally trained crews to burn natural habitat in neighboring forest preserves. The crews will carefully choose locations, dates and times based on specific ground and weather conditions. A key goal is to avoid smoke blowing towards homes or highways. Residents with special health concerns or questions about the LCFP controlled burn program should call 847-968-3293 or visit the website at

The controlled burns are the most efficient and economical tool available for managing Lake County's natural communities. Without fires, non native, invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle would shade out native plants. This disrupts the natural processes important to the local ecosystem.