Why We Conduct Burns?
For thousands of years, natural fires sustained healthy open forests and reduced severe wildfire, disease and insect infestation. Today, over a century of fire suppression has left forests dense, unhealthy, prone to disease, and at risk of severe wildfire. Selectively thinning forests and controlled burning under the right conditions restore the beneficial role of fire in maintaining healthy forests. Our ongoing work reduces the risk of severe summer wildfires and dense smoke, while protecting wildlife habitat, large old trees, our water supply, community and economy.