Prescribed fire, also called ‘controlled burn’, is just one of the tools we use for natural area stewardship. Fire continues the necessary process that nature started thousands of years ago and it’s an ideal solution for:
- Managing invasive species
- Stimulating the growth of native plants
- Increasing plant and animal diversity
- Reducing woody growth
DID YOU KNOW? If an area is 100% invasive species or there’s a majority of invasive species that has gone without stewardship, prescribed fire will not be effective. A stewardship and restoration plan is needed for these types of environments.
Prescribed fires must be performed by highly trained and experienced individuals who are familiar with existing site conditions. Without expertise, there is a risk of property damage as well as a risk to surrounding areas and people.
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. and Native Landscape Contractors, LLC give each site a specific plan, taking into account:
- The site ecology
- The time of year
- Wind direction
- Relative humidity
We use these factors to determine the number of crew members and equipment needed to safely and effectively conduct the fire.
Highly Trained Experts
Our supervisors, burn bosses and crews have extensive practical experience working with local agencies. They are certified in the S130/S190/S290 sections of wildland fire training and are equipped with clothing and equipment that meet the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) standards. In fact, our founder Jack Pizzo, is a certified trained fire instructor.
All prescribed fires are conducted with permits from state Environmental Protection Agency divisions and local fire departments. Local fire and police departments are contacted prior to, during, and after the fire to ensure coordination. We also provide written notification to commercial and residential addresses adjacent to the burn site.