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Prescribed Burn FAQs

Emergency Mgmt

1. What is prescribed fire?

Prescribed fire or prescribed burning is wildland fire that is planned, ignited, and managed by professional fire managers. It is one of the most effective tools for restoring healthy ecosystems and meeting desired resource outcomes, while avoiding the environmental damage that can be caused by an unplanned wildfire. This type of managed fire is used to reduce wildfire risks and benefit natural resources by thinning overgrown vegetation. A prescribed fire is only allowed under specific conditions, depending upon available resources, time of year, weather and desired results.

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