Publications Focus on Plan, Safety of Prescribed Burns

April 12, 2011, 8:59 am | Jesse Randall, Christopher Weishaar

AMES, Iowa — A prescribed, or controlled, burn is one tool used by land stewards to achieve specific management goals and objectives, such as managing vegetation, improving wildlife habitat and controlling pest problems. Three publications from Iowa State University Extension aim to help educate and instruct on the proper and safe methods for carrying out a prescribed burn.

Firefighters Planning Burn“The prescribed burn series not only details the proper safety gear and equipment needed for a safe and effective burn, but also provides the reader with a template for a burn plan, putting all the information they need into one packet for the day of the burn,” said Jesse Randall, ISU Extension forester.

Randall said the publications are for individuals who have never carried out a prescribed burn or have limited experience, as well as individuals who have burned for years, but do not have formal training in the different techniques and when to apply them.

All three publications are available as downloadable PDFs from the ISU Extension store: The publications are free to download.

Prescribed burn series

For more information, visit the ISU Forestry Extension website at

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