6. How do fire managers ensure the prescribed fire will not escape?
Public and firefighter safety is our first priority on every prescribed burn.
Prescribed burns are conducted after a thorough level of planning (often years in length) in conjunction with biologists, scientists, academics and fire professionals well in advance of any ignition.
A prescribed fire is only allowed under specific conditions, depending upon available resources, time of year, weather and desired results. Computer programs are used to model potential fire behavior and burns generally occur when conditions favor low intensity fire behavior.
All appropriate safety and control mechanisms are factored in to every burn plan.