Prescribed fire is a controlled event conducted with permission from local fire authorities and implemented within the guidelines established by the State of Illinois EPA. A professionally trained staff - adhering to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's (NWCG) standards for the application of prescribed fire - will oversee all activities. Firebreaks are established to ensure no escape of the fire to adjacent vegetation. Staff will remain on site until the burn has been completely mopped up and the chance for re-ignition reduced to zero.
Prescription fire is essential for the management of natural areas and restoration sites that support native plants. Native plants and animals evolved with fire and benefit from regular prescribed fire events.
Residents will be contacted by mail in the event that a prescription fire has been scheduled in their area.