Prescribed Fire

Prescribed Fire - Before and AfterAfter 100 years of actively suppressing fire in our national forests, the clinical report is in. Our forests are unhealthy and the prescription for getting them back to a healthy state is -- fire.

When the land now contained within the boundaries of the Prescott National Forest was in a natural state, fires swept through in a two to six year cycle. These fires were low intensity and effectively controlled the understory of the forest, eliminating fuels on a regular basis.

The Prescott National Forest now endeavors to replicate the natural process with prescribed burning and mechanical treatment. Burning will take place when conditions such as humidity, wind direction, speed, and fuels moisture make it safe and effective to burn.


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