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.
NWS Sterling (Baltimore/Washington) Fire Weather Page