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Members of Oak Park’s fire department used flames last week to the advantage of the park district. On Thursday, they burned a portion of Lindberg Park that was overrun with invasive weeds.

Such use of fire, called a controlled burn, is a first for the Park District of Oak Park. Landscapers and volunteers who help maintain the grounds do not use herbicides, and park officials turned to fire as another green practice. Whether fire will be used to help manage other park district properties is being evaluated.

Photos by JASON GEIL/Staff Photographer

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