Prescribed Fire


prescribed fire
Managing forests with prescribed fire can help maintain the health and diversity of our forests.
Cliff White


No doubt about it — a wildfire can destroy property and threaten life, especially if it strikes in an overgrown or unmanaged forest. However, the careful use of prescribed fire can actually improve your land's health, as well as protect life and property.

A wildlife biologist may suggest a prescribed fire to clear overgrown areas and increase plant diversity. Prescribed fires are also a cheaper alternative to herbicides when removing invasive species like fescue. A prescribed fire could be the right option for your land, but don’t forget to “plan before you light it, so you won't have to fight it.”

Use the NRCS guidelines below to become familiar with the basics of conducting a safe, successful prescribed burn.

  • Check our events calendar for prescribed-burn workshops near you.
  • Don't attempt a prescribed burn without training and help. Call your local private land conservationist to learn more.
  • Always notify your neighbors and local fire department before conducting a prescribed burn.

Prepare a burn plan and stick to it. Call off the prescribed burn if the weather isn’t right or it’s expected to change during the burn.

Related Content

Stay in Touch with MDC

Stay in Touch with MDC news, newsletters, events, and manage your subscription

Sign up

Our Magazines

Conservationist Magazine

Our monthly publication about conservation in Missouri--free to all residents.

Missouri Conservationist Cover

Xplor Magazine for kids

Xplor helps kids find adventure in their own backyard. Free to residents of Missouri.

xplor September/October