A prescribed burn in the Wetlands will remove thatch, control woody plants, and expose soil for native seeds. This will allow native plants and wildlife to thrive and restore a natural and diverse ecosystem.
Prescribed burns improve wildlife habitat by restoring areas that were historically maintained by natural fires. They are also conducted to reduce the amount of available fire fuel, that accumulate naturally and from storm events. This reduces the chance for potentially destructive wildfires.
TFS staff have prepared for the upcoming burn by clearing vegetation. Fuels and vegetation are also cleared away from sensitive resources to protect them during the prescribed burns.
Prescribed burns are conducted by trained TFS personnel who meet National Wildland Firefighting certification standards. The conditions under which a prescribed burn may be conducted consider wind, temperature, humidity, and moisture levels. The plan also manages burns to avoid any damage to adjacent properties and minimize smoke in nearby residential areas.
The TFS Burn Boss advises that there may be smoke on neighboring roads. Travelers should reduce their speed and use their headlights when smoke is present.