What is a prescribed fire?

A prescribed fire is the application of fire to the land under specified conditions with the fire confined to a predetermined area (the burn unit) to accomplish predefined land management goals and objectives. Prescribed fire typically involves prior planning (usually a written plan), firebreak identification and or preparation, civil authority and neighbor notification, specific equipment, adequate labor with specific responsibilities, specific weather conditions, smoke management considerations, specific ignition procedures, contingency plans, and post-burn mop-up and monitoring.