chart to include: public land burns, liability cross-boundary burns, landowner capacity/resources for developing and implementing a burn plan.
Mapping capacity focused on basics for landowners interested in prescribed fire and included: outlining the purposes of a prescribed fire, knowledge needed, key considerations for a burn plan, boots on the ground, resources (both financial/cost-share and technical assistance), burn plan development, risk management/regulatory steps, and equipment/labor. PFCs are great conduits for moving the dial for prescribed fire. Need guidance on starting up a prescribed fire council in your state? The Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils promotes prescribed fire and fosters the development of Prescribed Fire Councils across the country.
PBAs are groups of diverse people with varying prescribed fire skill sets who form partnerships to pool their knowledge, equipment, and other resources to conduct prescribed fire.
Chris Adlam, the Extension Fire Program’s Fire Specialist for Southwest Oregon, supports forward momentum for
prescribed burning. He helped the Rogue Basin Prescribed Burn Association (RVPBA) plan and implement two demonstration burns, giving 75
landowners and local residents a transformative first experience with the practice. Few people have ever seen a prescribed burn. Experience in other parts of the country has shown that a single exposure can profoundly affect participants, alleviating concerns over risk and stimulating interest in adopting the practice. (Jesse Kreye et al. manuscript in prep .)
Photo credit: Chris Adlam
A prescribed burn association gets more good fire on the ground in the Rogue Basin.
“Prescribed Burn Associations,” with Jennifer Fawcett, North Carolina State University Extension
The RVPBA, established by wildland firefighter Aaron Kirkava, is the first PBA of its kind in Oregon. It is composed entirely of volunteers, ranging from landowners participating in their first burn to seasoned wildland firefighters contributing their expertise to building community capacity for prescribed burning. One of the goals of the RVPBA is to demonstrate the accessibility of the practice, which is one of the reasons why agency participation has been kept minimal. Because it is run by volunteers, the organization has no budget. However, the growth of the RVPBA will depend on being able to train new leaders in the practice, including from outside the ranks of professional firefighters.
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