2021 Prescribed Burns

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

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 occur in the spring and may also 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.

  • Bear Mound Park (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Burrows Park
  • Carpenter-Ridgeway Park
  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park- North Unit; completed 4/7/2021
  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park- South Unit
  • Demetral Park
  • Edna Taylor Conservation Park
  • Heritage Prairie Conservation Park; completed 4/5/2021
  • Hudson Park
  • Kettle Pond (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Knollwood Conservation Park
  • Lake Edge Park
  • Mayfair Park
  • McClellan Park; completed 4/5/2021
  • Meadow Ridge Conservation Park; completed 4/6/2021
  • Odana Hills Golf Course (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Owen Conservation Park
  • Prairie Ridge Conservation Park
  • Reston Heights Park; completed 4/5/2021
  • Skyview Park (Volunteer-led burn site)
  • Stricker's Pond Conservation Park; completed 3/30/2021
  • Tenney Park
  • Turville Point Conservation Park; completed 4/2/2021
  • Warner Park
  • Whitetail Ridge Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Woodland Hills Park (Volunteer-led burn site)


Parks Sites

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

  • Brittingham Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Cypress Splash Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Esther Beach Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Goodman Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • James Madison Park
  • McPike Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Olin Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Penn Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Reindahl (Amund) Park
  • Tenney Park
  • Thousand Oaks Park
  • Walnut Grove Park
  • Warner Park; completed 4/1/2021
  • Wingra Park
  • Yahara River Parkway; completed 4/1/2021


Engineering Sites

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

  • Attic Angel Pond and Greenways
  • Ashworth Dr Pond
  • Capital City Trail- Atwood Prairie (Volunteer-led burn)
  • Dayton & North Raingarden
  • Dixon St Greenway
  • Hancock Street Raingardens
  • High Point Confluence Pond
  • Ivy Street Raingardens
  • Lower Badger Mill Creek Greenway- East Tributary Gingergrass Way Section
  • Madison Library Raingarden
  • Northeast Greenspace
  • Paul J Olsen School Pond
  • Pine Hill Drive Ponds
  • Rustic Dr Outlot
  • Saturn Dr Ponds
  • South Point Facility Raingarden
  • Southwest Bike Path- Glenway (Volunteer-led burn)
  • Southwest Bike Path- Odana (Volunteer-led burn)
  • Starkweather Creek Shorelines
  • Straw Harvest Lane Ponds
  • Sycamore Park
  • Tenney Park Rain Gardens
  • Venus Way Outlot
  • Wingra Creek Shorelines
  • Woodman's East Pond
  • Woods Road Pond
  • Zeier Rd Bioretention Pond