THE WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
“From the beginning, earth, wind, fire and water were the four major forces of nature which shaped the diverse mosaic of life that is our world. Lighting was the initial match that ignited fires. Fire was probably one of the first products of nature that humans learned to control. When humans learned to initiate fire, its occurrence became more widespread.” Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Prescribed fires differ greatly from wildfires. Wildfires are accidental and uncontrolled. Prescribed fires, sometimes referred to as controlled burns, and are set intentionally after careful study with specific management goals in mind and with the safety of people and property major considerations. When the correct weather and wind conditions are present the Michigan Department of Natural Resources conducts burns on state land, and many parks in Oakland County conduct their prescribed fires. These fires usually take place in early April before the landscape greens up.