Burning in our backyards? Prescribed burns near homes becoming socially acceptable

Blog Post created by michelesteinberg Employee on Jun 10, 2013
Prescribed fire reduces hazardous fuel buildups and improves habitat for wildlife. Photo courtesy Florida Forest Service website.
Our friends at the Wildfire Lessons Learned Center offer frequent webinars in their "Advances in Fire Practices" area. This week, Steve "Torch" Miller, the bureau chief of land management of the St. John's Water Management District in Florida will present "Burning in their Backyards and Having them Say Thank You."


The webinar takes place on Thursday, June 13 at 1:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) and lasts one hour. Register here to participate and learn more about how the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) manages approximately 400,000 acres, much of it interspersed with high-end homes and condominiums. The District burns approximately 30,000 acres each year, and has developed strategies to successfully work with WUI neighbors and safely reduce wildfire fuels.

For more topics, see the Wildfire Lessons Learned Center's archived webinars. For more about the value of prescribed burning, see GoodFires.org or visit your state's Prescribed Fire Council site.