Fire: Wild vs. Prescribed

With permission from the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council.

Prescribed burns differ greatly from wildfires. Wildfires often do great harm because they are unpredictable and difficult to control, threatening people's safety and their property. Prescribed burns, on the other hand, are set intentionality and only after considering the safety of people, property and wildlife.

Prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific management objectives which may include simulating the benefits of natural fires. Prescribed burns are conducted in a designated area during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities. Trained crews using specialized equipment keep fire under control throughout the process.

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