TOPEKA, Kan. – The City of Topeka will begin as early as today (Tuesday, April 2nd) control-burning grassland properties it owns. Wind and weather conditions will determine when to burn. The controlled burning is expected to continue into next week.
Areas to be burned include:
· NE Chester behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Oakland neighborhood
· Auburndale Park stormwater detention facility off I-70 East of the MacVicar exit
· Garfield Park wetland area east of Garfield Park Community Center along the old Soldier Creek channel
· Jackson Street stormwater basin from 5th to 8th Street (burning at this location will not start until Saturday)
Burning helps the City control woody and invasive species, while promoting the renewal of native grass species which are necessary for proper function of stormwater green infrastructure. The Topeka Fire Department will be notified when burning begins, and when sites are secured after burning. Permits have been obtained for each of these areas.