The mission of the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council is to collaboratively promote and conserve the fire adapted natural ecosystems in Oregon and expand the responsible use of prescribed fire.
Prescribed fire, sometimes referred to as a “controlled burn,” is a term used to describe fires set by land managers in order to achieve some management goal. Prescription refers to the different management techniques that are proposed by a land manager. Because fire behavior is dependent on fuels, weather, and topography, prescribed fire enables land managers to manage fuels in a situation where weather and topography are predictable. However, prescribed fire is not a one-time treatment: it is often used periodically and in conjunction with other management practices such as mechanical thinning and herbicides.