Prescribed fire is used for public safety (firefighter training and fuels reduction), agriculture, enhancing biodiversity, and forest and wildlife management in New Hampshire. Annual statistics (acreage, types of fuels, frequency, etc.) are not collected systematically and are largely unknown for the state. UNH Cooperative Extension, in partnership with UNH faculty and the N.H. Prescribed Fire Council, compiled state prescribed fires for 2014 through 2017. In addition to identifying the frequency of prescribed fire use, this research identifies who uses prescribed fire (public entities, private organizations, and individuals) and why they use it (e.g. wildlife, silviculture, etc.).
The collected data provide a baseline to analyze long-term prescribed fire trends; improve air quality missions modeling; inform state prescribed fire policy; show the spatial distribution of prescribed fire use in New Hampshire; and generate recommendations for prescribed fire record-keeping and use.