Prescribed burning--benefits and obligations
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. E. Ward; J. H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1970

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • fire control
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • forage
  • forest management
  • land management
  • liability
  • pollution
  • site treatments
  • smoke behavior
  • smoke effects
  • surface fires
  • surface fuels
  • trees
  • US Forest Service
  • weather observations
  • wilderness areas
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38653
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13263
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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The advantages of using prescribed fire to fulfill certain land management objectives in the southern United States are well known. Fire is often the most economical tool available for preparing planting sites, improving forage conditions on ranges, improving wildlife habitat, disposing of insect-infested trees, controlling disease, and controlling undesirable tree species. The most common use of fire, however, is for hazard reduction—fire applied to reduce the amount of combustible surface fuels and thereby reduce the chances of large, damaging wildfires. Regardless of your reason for using fire, what we have to say about prescribed fire and air quality is directed toward all users equally— whether public, private, or industrial managers of forest and wildlife lands.

Ward, D. E., and J. H. Dieterich. 1970. Prescribed burning--benefits and obligations. Southern Lumberman,