From the text...'In the last 30 to 40 years...changes in forest structure prompted a return to using fire, under carefully controlled conditions, to accomplish many of the same purposes that were historically provided by natural fires. Today, approximately 8 million acres are prescribed burned in the South each year, with 1.5 to 2 million acres in Florida alone. As many acres are burned for forest management as for agricultural purposes. Along with this increased use of managed fires has come increased concern for smoke intrusion in populated areas and liability issues from smoke on highways or fires spreading to other properties. Landowners who want to retain fire as a resource mangement tool must understand why fire is valuable for different management goals and how to manage fire successfully for those goals.' Published by Forest Landowners Association. Abstract reproduced by permission.