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Key Concepts Regarding Prescribed Fire

By Steven Smith
Wildlife and Fisheries Consultant

Posted Nov. 5, 2015

Fire is an important process in the ecology of most native plant and animal communities, especially in uplands. Most plant and animal communities in the Great Plains and eastern forests evolved with fire. In many situations, land managers can use prescribed fire to manage native plant communities, wildlife habitat, woody encroachment, forage quality and wildfire risks. This fact sheet highlights items that a land manager new to prescribed fire should consider when learning to use and implement prescribed fire.

This fact sheet is intended to serve as a starting point for prescribed fire education and training. Beginning burners should attend prescribed fire educational and training events and assist an experienced burn boss multiple times prior to conducting his/her first prescribed burn.

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