Particular dates of the burn are dependent on appropriate weather and it will be conducted only if conditions are favorable. The fire will occur when the smoke will be directed in a path that limits
potential exposure. The Region 3 of the USFWS annually treats approximately 70,000 acres of refuge lands with fire. Much planning and care are taken to craft a prescription for each controlled burn that is safe and achieves the desired objectives. Further, much communication and outreach is conducted with local cities, fire departments, townships, corporations, and other
The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge manages approximately 10,000 in Saginaw County for fish and wildlife habitat http://www.fws.gov/refuge/shiawassee/). Specific public uses are allowed
on some lands such as wildlife observation/photography, hunting, and environmental education/interpretation. The purpose of the Refuge’s prescribed fires are to enhance habitat, visitor use, and safety.