Prescribed fire, also known as "controlled" burning is the planned use of fire under predetermined weather and fuel parameters to obtain specific management objectives; . Prescribed burning is a critical management tool that can benefit Pennsylvania's forests, wildlife and environment, and also helps reduce the impact of wildfire hazards. Prescribed fire is especially important in Pennsylvania due to the large amount of land in the Wildland/Urban Interface.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly recognized the importance of prescribed burning in the Pennsylvania Prescribed Burning Practices Act. This act also provides requirements for the regulation and implementation of prescribed burning in Pennsylvania.
Additional information can be found on the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council web site.