Giant Smoke Clouds Likely to Appear North of Madison

March 7, 2018


The Fires are Coming to Jefferson County! …in a Good Way, of course.

The Staff of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge in Madison have told the public that they are entering their spring prescribed fire season.

Typically running between February and April 15th,  this usually involves smoke that may be visible above the refuges.

Check out a video we made about it this time last year…

Prescribed burning on the refuge is conducted to improve wildlife habitat and reduce the accumulation of fuels that lead to severe wildfires.

Big Oaks has historically treated between 10,000 and 14,000 acres and the process is especially productive for habitat management and brush control.

Local officials of our planned management actions have been informed and they will only be conducted when conditions allow for safe implementation.

Any questions concerning the fall prescribed fire season may be directed to Refuge Manager Joe Robb or Fire Management Officer Brian Winters at (812)273-0783.