Fighting Fire with Fire

From The Bugwood Network

Prescribed fire is the most practical way to reduce dangerous accumulations of combustible fuels under southern pine stands.

Winter backing fire in heavy rough.

Wildfires that burn into areas where fuels have been reduced by prescribed burning cause less damage and are much easier to control.


Without fuel reduction, fire hazard is extremely high in these vast contiguous stands.

Damaging wildfire in heavy rough.

Source: http://www.bugwood.org/pfire/reasons.html