Making the case for prescribed fire

Prescribed fire is a valuable tool used to restore forest health, increase firefighter safety, and better protect nearby human resources in fire-adapted landscapes.

American Elk prescribed fire Wind Cave National Park
A firefighter ignites the American Elk prescribed fire in Wind Cave National Park, October 20, 2010. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Making the case for prescribed fire”

  1. My concern with precribed fire is the extent to which the habitat is cut and piled then burned. It is the risk reduction/ control effort before the precribed fires and the fact that they are often done like in spring when species did not adapt with such. You can totally throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  2. A very instructional video. Nicely done. The magnitude of the job ahead to conduct “aggressive forest management [including prescribed fire] to ensure effective fire management” is enormous. But we must begin now to fix the forests so we can attain a fire fix. Again, a great job on this video.

    Very respectfully,

    Michael T. Rains


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