Shawnee National Forest http://wkms.org en Crews Work to Contain Shawnee Forest Blaze http://wkms.org/post/crews-work-contain-shawnee-forest-blaze <p></p><p>Crews are working to contain a fire that has damaged at least 14 acres of the sprawling Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.</p><p>U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Patricia York says at least one-quarter of the blaze is contained at Little Grand Canyon near Pomona, southwest of Carbondale, in Jackson County.&nbsp; Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:20:38 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30318 at http://wkms.org Crews Work to Contain Shawnee Forest Blaze Wet Weather Hampers Controlled Burns in Shawnee Forest http://wkms.org/post/wet-weather-hampers-controlled-burns-shawnee-forest <p></p><p>Wet weather has dampened some under-brush maintenance at the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.</p><p>WSIL-TV reports that crews in the sprawling forest haven't been able to do as many controlled burns as they'd like because of wet conditions. Shawnee’s fuel specialist Scott Crist, says the burns help curb the potential spread of any fire that might erupt on the acreage. The controlled fires also help reduce shade that could kill off native grasses and flowers that need sunlight. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:43:25 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 29991 at http://wkms.org Wet Weather Hampers Controlled Burns in Shawnee Forest