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  • Before Europeans settled in Wisconsin, about 10 million acres, or one-third of the state, burned on a regular basis as a result of lightning strikes and fires set by Native Americans.
  • Many Wisconsin trees and plants, like jack pines, are fire-dependent and need fire every 3 to 25 years to thrive.
  • Oak savannas are some of the most endangered habitats in North America. They need periodic fire to survive and thrive.
  • The caterpillars of the endangered Karner blue butterfly (here on butterfly milkweed) only feed on wild lupine, a plant that depends on fire to set back encroaching forests and encourage lupine flowering and growth.
  • The Nature Conservancy uses safe and ecologically appropriate prescribed fire to maintain Wisconsin’s diversity of plant and animal life.
  • Strict procedures ensure the safety of the crew, nearby residents and private property. Conditions such as weather, wind and moisture levels must be right before a fire is lit.
  • After a controlled burn, blackened areas quickly revive with new, green life.
  • Through innovative partnerships where agencies, organizations and private landowners work together, more than 30,000 acres are burned annually in Wisconsin.
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