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Basics

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Prescribed burning, also known as prescribed fire or controlled burning, is defined as fire that is applied in a skillful manner in a defined place, under appropriate weather conditions, to achieve specific results. 

After many decades of fire exclusion, the return of fire to Virginia's fire-adapted landscapes:

- reduces hazardous fuels and the chances of extreme wildfires;

-minimizes the spread of pest insects and disease;

-provides a variety of habitat types and forage for game;

-improves habitat for threatened and endangered species;

-recycles nutrients back to the soil;

- and promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers and other plants. 

Fire Ecology

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Planning

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Smoke Management