Prescribed or controlled burning is a technique sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration.
Fire is a natural part of both forest and grassland ecology and controlled fire can be a tool for foresters.
Controlled burning stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.
Some seeds, such as sequoia, remain dormant until fire breaks down the seed coating.
Another consideration is the issue of fire prevention.
In Florida, during the drought in 1998, catastrophic wildfires burned numerous homes.
But forestry managers note that the underlying problem was prior cessation of controlled burning, due to complaints by homeowners.
Each year additional leaf litter and dropped branches increased the likelihood of a hot and uncontrollable fire.
In industrialized counties, controlled burning is usually overseen by fire control authorities for regulations and permits.
The party responsible must delineate the intended time and place.
Obtaining a permit may not limit liability if the fire burns out of control.