If you see smoke billowing from the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey today, do not be alarmed. It's part of a controlled burn that is being conducted on campus. As a precaution, you are being asked to keep your distance and abide by security measures to be implemented by college security personnel that may include temporary closure of portions of campus, like roads and parking lots.
The college's Sustainability Director Nate Keener says they are killing two birds with one stone with the burn. For starters, students looking to get certified in firefighting will get valuable training.
The burn is being conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Great Rivers Land Trust, The Nature Institute, and the Alton, Godfrey and Edwardsville fire departments.