Natural Resource Management

Prescribed Fire

Prescribed fire is the controlled application of fire to the land to accomplish specific land management goals. Ignitions may be either human or naturally caused.

 
 

Prescribed Fire Requirements

  • ​A controlled fire must be conducted pursuant to a written plan which has been submitted to and authorized by NDF and under direct supervision of at least 1 person who is qualified to oversee such fires and who remains on site for the duration of the fire.
     
  • A controlled fire which is commenced pursuant to this section and which complies with laws relating to air pollution shall be deemed in the best interest of the public and not to constitute a public or private nuisance.
 
 

Written Plan

The plan must be prepared by a person qualified to oversee a controlled fire and contain at least:

  • A description and map of the area to be burned.
     
  • A list of personnel and equipment necessary to commence and control the fire.
     
  • A description of the meteorological factors that must be present before commencing a controlled fire, including surface wind speed and direction, transport wind speed and direction, minimum mixing height, minimum relative humidity, maximum temperature and fine fuel moisture.
     
  • A description of considerations related to common behavioral patterns of fire in the area to be burned, including various burning techniques, the anticipated length of flame and the anticipated speed of fire.
     
  • A signature of the person who prepared the plan.
     
  • Before signing the written plan, the person qualified to oversee the fire must evaluate and approve the anticipated impact of the fire on surrounding areas which are sensitive to smoke. Also, the state forester firewarden shall establish the qualifications for a person to oversee a controlled fire. In general, Nevada Division of Forestry follows NWCG guidelines for conducting prescribed burning.

The state forester firewarden shall establish the qualifications for a person to oversee a controlled fire. In general, Nevada Division of Forestry follows NWCG guidelines for conducting prescribed burning.

 
 

Prescribed Fire Checklist (Don’t Burn If…)

  • You don’t have a written and approved burn plan or permit.
  • You can’t stay with the fire until it is safe.
  • You don’t have the needed equipment or people.
  • Your firelines aren’t in place and functional.
  • You don’t have the right weather or it is expected to change during the burn.
  • You haven’t contacted neighbors and and jurisdictional authority.
 
 

Additional Information

Use the links below to access additional documents, geospatial data, web applications, and external websites related to Prescribed Fire.

The Values & Benefits of Prescribed Fire
Additional Documents & Data (Open Data Hub)

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