all prescribed burns, take time to observe (1) fire behavior, (2) smoke
dispersion, and (3) effects on the vegetation.
Document this information by making it a part of the written plan (see
“Prescribed Burning Plan”).
a potential problem is observed, stop burning and plow out if possible.
Notify your office and the state forestry office immediately.
Request help in getting out flagmen and signs along roads.
Also, notify people who may be affected if smoke is threatening
communities, airports, farms, or homes.
REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES
states impose some type of restrictions on open burning.
In most cases, a burning permit is required and compliance with specified
criteria may be mandatory. Although
many requirements are for fire control purposes, several states have added
restrictions designed to improve air quality and reduce incidents from smoke. For
your own protection, it is very important to be aware of and comply with
few states have added “voluntary” smoke management guidelines.
The voluntary guidelines are more practical since they consider more than
just weather-related factors. However,
they are still very limited due to the more general input utilized.
These guidelines should be used only as additional information on the
“go or no go” decision on whether or not to burn at that time and what
procedure to use. The final decision, as well as the outcome, is still the
responsibility of the person in charge of the burn.
states have passed a “prescribed Burning Act” in the last few years. (see Certification) These acts give the forest landowner the “right” to use
prescribed fire as a land management tool.
However, they require:
The person in charge to be “Certified”. This requires attending a training session and passing a written exam.
They also require a written prescription for each burn that meets minimum requirements. They have to be signed by the person making the prescription and witnessed or notarized.