Prescribed burn (IMAGE) University of Washington Caption Prescribed forest fires are a necessary tool for controlling major wildfires and eventually limiting wildfire smoke and its harmful impact on health. Pictured is a 2019 prescribed burn in the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon. Credit Mitch Maxson/The Nature Conservancy Usage Restrictions By permission from The Nature Conservancy only. License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.