Wildfire is fire at the wrong time, the wrong place, and frequently the wrong intensity and severity. Wildfire—fire that is uncontrolled by definition—costs the Florida taxpayers many millions of dollars each year.
Prescribed burning is the controlled application of fire to existing naturally occurring fuels under specified environmental conditions, following appropriate precautionary measures, which allows the fire to be confined to a predetermined area and accomplishes the planned land management objectives.
Prescribed fire is one of the most versatile and cost-effective tools that land managers use. Prescribed fire is used to reduce hazardous fuel buildups providing increased protection to people, their homes and the forest. Other uses include disease control in young pines, wildlife habitat improvement, range management, preservation of endangered plant and animal species and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems.
Prescribed Fire Resources
- Prescribed Fire Training Center
- Everglades Rx Fire Information
- The Nature Conservancy
- NIFC Smoke Tools
- EPA Air Quality (AirNow)