Prescribed Fire - Broadcast Burning

Broadcast burns are controlled applications of fire to fuels, under specified environmental conditions that allow fire to be confined to a predetermined area, and produces the fire behavior and fire characteristics required to attain planned fire treatment and resource management objectives.  The U.S. Forest Service conducts broadcast burns in an effort of reducing hazardous fuels and/or improve wildlife habitat and forest health.  Certain criteria has to be met in order for a broadcast burn to take place, including smoke dispersal conditions, weather, adequate staffing and fuel moisture. These are all outlined in a burn plan, that is thoroughly reviewed before implementation.

Below are photos of previous broadcast burns on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.

Dadd Bennett Prescribed Fire

Above: Broadcast burn of Dadd Bennett on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District.

a burn on the Pawnee National Grassland

Above: Prescribe burns are conducted on the Pawnee National Grassland
for wildlife habitat improvement for the mountain plover and fuels reduction.

fire creeping on the Dadd  Bennett Prescribed Burn

Above: Fire creeps along the forest floor during
a prescribed fire on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District.

a crew on the Pawnee Prescribed Fire

Above: Crews gather near the black, burned area on the
Pawnee Prescribed Burn.

firefighters on the Sheep Creek Prescribed Fire

Above: Firefighters work in various terrain
on prescribed fires. This burn is part of the
Sheep Creek 1 Prescribed Burn.