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Press Photo by John Odermann A park service firefighter stands and observes a prescribed burn on Tuesday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit. The park sets fires each year to help manage its ecosystem and encourage diversity in its plant growth.

Igniting the prairie

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NEAR WATFORD CITY -- Those driving into the valley which holds the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit may have been worried Tuesday as smoke rose from the park.

That is at least until they saw the orange sign on the side of the road reading, "prescribed burn, do not report."

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