Should I be worried about my neighbors conducting prescribed fires?

Well, that depends upon your neighbors – just kidding. If your neighbor is genuinely conducting a “prescribed fire”, the answer is, generally, no. The term prescribed fire comes from the process by where a burn is carefully planned to achieve defined objectives. As part of that planning process, safety is a central consideration. Moreover, one of the best ways to ensure safety is to communicate with neighbors – as well as local fire departments – prior to and on the day of burning. If this has not occurred, contacting your neighbor is recommended. Ideally, they would be more than willing to discuss the details of the burn, as well as contingency plans.