Prescribed Fire Management



Prescribed Fire, also known as a planned fire, refers to the planned application of fire by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions that help restore health to fire-adapted environments. By safely reducing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees, encouraging the new growth of native vegetation, and maintaining the many plant and animal species whose habitats depend on periodic fire, prescribed burning helps reduce the catastrophic damage of wildfire on our lands and surrounding communities.

Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools we have in preventing the outbreak and spread of wildfires. But because prescribed fire is fire, fire management experts are extremely careful in planning and executing a prescribed fire.

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DFPC's Role in Prescribed Fire

  • Technical assistance in project design, planning
  • Assist state and other agencies with implementation of Rx fire
  • DFPC resources and staff assist state and other agencies with the implementation of prescribed fire

Colorado Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Policy Guide

Burn Boss Refresher Course

Prescribed Fire Rules: 8 CCR 1507-32- Document 1,

Pile Construction Guide


Prescribed Fires are Good Fires.

As one of the most important natural agents of change, fire plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Prescribed fire reintroduces the beneficial effects of fire into an ecosystem, producing the kinds of vegetation and landscapes we want, and reducing the hazard of catastrophic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup.



Elkhorn Creek Unit #4 Prescribed Fire Review

Colorado Certified Burner Program