Organized at the state and local level, Prescribed Fire Councils connect individuals from public agencies and institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector who use prescribed fire as a land management tool. The Councils meet one to two times a year, and typically these meetings consist of presentations, reports, and updates; continuing education credits are often available for attendees.
The Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils partners with Councils across the country to “create one voice to assist fire practitioners, policymakers, regulators, and citizens with issues surrounding prescribed fire use.” The Coalition is also active in facilitating the development of Councils in those states that do not yet have one.
In addition to Prescribed Fire Councils, some areas have Prescribed Burn Associations (PBAs). These groups consist of local landowners and other interested citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Click here for a blog post by the Southeast Prescribed Fire Update, which contains a comprehensive list of resources and information about PBAs. In addition, click here to read a short SFE fact sheet that describes how PBAs can help members overcome common barriers to using prescribed fire.
2017 Survey: Prescribed Fire Council Characteristics, Priorities, and Needs
In Fall 2017, a survey was conducted to gather information from the existing Prescribed Fire Councils. This Study is meant to highlight the similarities and differences between Prescribed Fire Councils across the country, and create better opportunities for success of these and developing Councils by collaborating with and learning from one another.
2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report
This report, produced by the National Association of State Foresters and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, shares findings from a national prescribed fire use survey. The report outlines national and regional prescribed fire activity, state prescribed fire programs, and impediments limiting prescribed fire use.