2021 Prescribed Burns

Last Updated: 10/28/2021

A prescription burn at Prairie Ridge in 2017.

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 will be conducted in the fall of 2021, depending on conditions, analysis of existing vegetation, and management goals, and as 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.

  • Acewood Park
  • Burrows Park
  • Cherokee Marsh- North Unit
  • Cherokee Marsh- South Unit
  • Demetral Park
  • Door Creek Park
  • Hudson Park
  • Knollwood Park
  • Lake Edge Park
  • Owen Conservation Park
  • Prairie Ridge Conservation Park
  • Stricker's Pond
  • Warner Park


Engineering Sites

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

  • Ashwood Drive Pond
  • Caldera St Biorentention
  • Dixon St Greenway
  • Highland Manor Raingarden
  • Inner Dr Prairie Planting
  • Linda Vista Raingarden
  • Mineral Point Landfill Prairie Planting
  • Northeast Green Space
  • Starkweather-Olbrich Greenway
  • Wood's Road Pond