2019 Prescribed Burns

Last Updated: 04/22/2019

A prescription burn at Prairie Ridge in 2017.

This spring the City of Madison Parks and Engineering Divisions will conduct prescribed burns to promote establishment of native vegetation. Prescribed burns are the intentional use of fire, under specific environmental conditions, to manage and suppress invasive vegetation. Many of Wisconsin’s native species have adapted to survive or to benefit from fire events, while at the same time the presence of invasive or undesirable species is reduced. Prescribed burns are an important management tool for natural areas, especially for several of Wisconsin’s native plant communities.

Prescribed burns occur after comprehensive planning and under specific weather conditions which are conducive to a safe and manageable operation. Burns occurred in the spring and may also be conducted in the fall of 2019, depending on conditions, analysis of existing vegetation, and management goals and are permitted by the Fire Department.

If you received a postcard informing you of prescribed burns in your neighborhood, please consider registering your cellphone number to receive informational alerts from the Dane County Emergency Warning System. The “Reverse-911” automated phone calls that neighbors receive before a prescribed burn begins reaches all land lines, but only those cellphones that are registered.

To register, click on the following link and create a profile, where you can enter your address and phone number. Please note that Dane County uses phone, email and text, but not the smartphone app.


Conservation Sites

Please contact Paul Quinlan at (608) 267-4918.

  • Bear Mound Park (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park- North Unit
  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park- South Unit
  • Edna Taylor Conservation Park
  • Heritage Prairie Conservation Park
  • Hoyt Park
  • Knollwood Conservation Park
  • Odana Hills Golf Course (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Olin Park
  • Owen Conservation Park
  • Prairie Ridge Conservation Park
  • Stricker's Pond Conservation Park
  • Turville Point Conservation Park
  • Warner Park

Parks Sites

Please contact Sarah Close at (608) 263-6850.

  • Brittingham Park
  • Cypress Splash Park
  • Goodman Park
  • McPike Park
  • Olin Park
  • Tenney Park
  • Warner Park
  • Yahara River Parkway

Engineering Sites

Please contact Maddie Dumas at (608) 266-9525.

  • Atwood Prairie Garden along the Capital City Trail (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Attic Angels Greenway
  • Ambleside Greenway
  • Center for Commerce Greenway Trail
  • Nesbitt Rd Pond
  • Southwest Bike Path (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Upper Mud Lake Pond
  • Valor Way Detention Pond