Prescribed burns are taking a step back

Prescribed fire burns have been placed on hold for 90 days on National Forest Lands.

This comes as a fire in New Mexico has burned 300,000 acres which partially started from a prescribed burn from the U.S. Forest Service.

The Chief says prescribed fires are a tool that helps mitigate future fires and improve forest health, but he has seen a recurring trend in escaped fires. So he wants to take a step back.

“And we’re not sure if the conditions in our climate have outstripped our models or not and so we want to take a good look at our models, looking at the parameters in the model, looking at just a number of things.”

More than 90% of prescribed burns take place during September through May.

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