We share our community’s concerns regarding health, visibility, and livability related to smoke produced by prescribed fires. And we know that reintroducing fire through prescribed burning is a critical step in forest restoration. Prescribed burns are conducted by professionals applying cutting-edge tools and decades of scientific and on-the-ground knowledge of the role of fire in our local forests. These professionals continually monitor weather conditions and how prescribed fires behave in an effort to minimize smoke impacts to communities.
It is important to know a great deal of work happens in the forest before a prescribed burn is conducted, including thinning out and removing small trees and brush. Completing these steps reduces the amount of material to burn, which in turn reduces the intensity of the fire and helps ensure that prescribed fire produces less smoke, achieves forest restoration goals, and can be safely controlled.