Prescribed Fire Policy

This policy brief strives to address obstacles and identify policies that need to be changed or modified in order to effectively increase the implementation of prescribed fire.

This policy brief covers the following topics:

  • The effects of fire suppression has left many forests susceptible to high intensity catastrophic wildfires (Quinton, 2019).
  • Prescribed fire is an effective tool for fuels reduction and responsible land management.
  • Land managers face many common barriers when attempting to implement prescribed fire including funding, incentive, capacity, and fire weather conditions (Miller et al. 2020).
  • Benefits of prescribed fire include the restoration of natural ecological processes and the reduction of extreme wildfire risk to landscapes and communities (Miller et al. 2020).

Additional Information

Above: Half Dome at Yosemite National Park amidst the smoke from a wildfire for resource benefit, which was monitored within the park. All Photo Credit in this blog belongs to Golemon, O. (2019).