2022 Prescribed Burns

Last Updated: 03/10/2022

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 spring and fall of 2022, 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.

  • Cherokee Marsh- North Unit
  • Cherokee Marsh- South Unit
  • Edna Taylor Park
  • Kettle Pond
  • Knollwood Park
  • Owen Conservation Park
  • Prairie Ridge Conservation Park
  • Stricker's Pond
  • Turville Park


Native Planting Sites

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

  • Blackhawk Park
  • Broom St./Brittingham Park Triangle
  • Burrows Park
  • Demetral Park
  • Dixon St Greenway
  • High Crossing Park
  • Hill Creek Park
  • Hoyt Park
  • Hudson Park
  • Huegel Park
  • Mayfair Park
  • North Star Park
  • Odana Golf Course
  • Odana Hills Park
  • Raymond Ridge Park
  • Reindahl Park
  • Secret Places Park
  • Skyview Park
  • Warner Park
  • Woodland Hills Park


Parks Sites

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

  • Brittingham Park
  • Cypress Splash Park
  • Esther Beach Park
  • Goodman Park
  • James Madison Park
  • McPike Park
  • Olin Park
  • Penn Park
  • Reindahl Park
  • Thousand Oaks Park
  • Walnut Grove Park
  • Warner Park
  • Wingra Park
  • Yahara River Parkway


Engineering Sites

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

  • Atwood Prairie 
  • Barton Road Median Rain Garden
  • Bernie's Beach Rain Garden
  • Bram St Pollinator Planting
  • Dixon St Greenway
  • Gilded Cider Boulevard Pond
  • Grassman Pond
  • Harvest Moon Pond
  • Linden Park Pond
  • Pine Hill Drive Pond
  • South Point Streets Facility Rain Garden
  • Starkweather-Olbrich Greenway
  • Straw Harvest Lane Ponds
  • Warner Park Trailsway/Sherman Avenue Channel
  • Wingra Creek Shoreline, Fish Hatchery Road to S Park Street