Prescribed fires are conducted in the safest of manners and are generally perceived by the public as beneficial. This is not, however, always the case.
When conditions are wrong, prescribed fire can severely damage the very resource it was intended to benefit. Prescribed fire is a complex management tool and should be used only with the utmost care under controlled conditions.
Prescribed Burn Plans
Prescribed fire adheres to a strict burn plan. The plan includes:
- A statement of the burn’s objectives—what results are intended by burning
- Requirements for weather conditions before and during the burn
- Considerations for smoke dispersal
- Contingency plans in case the fire escapes
- Safety requirements
For a sample plan visit: The Bugwood Network.