Prescribed burning: spotfires and escapes
Document Type: Report
Author(s): John R. Weir; R. Seth Coffey; Morgan L. Russell; Carol E. Baldwin; Dirac Twidwell; Douglas S. Cram; Pete Bauman; Jennifer E. Fawcett
Publication Year: 2017

Cataloging Information

  • escaped fires
  • escaped prescribed fires
  • fire break
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel reduction
  • risk reduction
  • spotfire
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: September 1, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24693


Fire is an important ecological process that maintains prairies, shrublands and forests. Prescribed fire provides and helps maintain quality habitat for native wildlife, improves grazing for livestock, suppresses invasive woody plant growth and reduces wildfire risk on the land. Every year, millions of acres are intentionally and safely burned across the nation1. However, there is always the possibility of a spotfire and escaped fire occurring. In some cases, the perceived risk and liability of an escape is enough to prevent prescribed fire use altogether. The best way to prevent a spotfire from becoming an escaped fire is to be prepared and plan ahead.

Online Link(s):
Link to this document (3.0 MB; pdf)
Weir, John R.; Coffey, R. Seth; Russell, Morgan L.; Baldwin, Carol E.; Twidwell, Dirac; Cram, Doug; Bauman, Pete; Fawcett, Jennifer. 2017. Prescribed burning: spotfires and escapes. NREM-2903. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. 6 p.