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Prescribed Burn FAQs

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4. What about the pollution from the smoke?

Smoke produced on a prescribed burn occurs only for the duration of that burn. Prescribed fires produce low intensity smoke that dissipates into the air and mimics that of fires that have occurred naturally over hundreds of year. The smoke impact to the area is short term.

In comparison, smoke from a wildfire where years of hazardous fuels have accumulated can impact an area for weeks or sometimes a month. This type of impact on the air has a negative effect on the environment and humans not only in the area of the fire but for hundreds of miles away. By using prescribed fire, we eliminate these large concentrations of fuels that cause this effect.

Prescribed fire removes dead and decaying vegetation and promotes the resurgence of young, healthy vegetation. This young, healthy vegetation is actually natures “air filter”.

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