- Published Sep 2013
- Published Aug 2006
Fire is an important natural disturbance that helps maintain the health and diversity of our forests and grasslands. Wildfires, however, are behaving differently than historically described due to a number of factors, including human actions. Prescribed fire is one of the many tools available to help maintain healthy, resilient forests. Carefully managed prescribed fire can help maintain fire’s natural role across the landscape and reduce the hazard of catastrophic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup.