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To foster cooperation among all parties in Virginia with an interest or stake in prescribed fire; for the purposes of optimizing burning opportunities for the benefit of natural ecosystems and wildlife, and to reduce the risk of damage from wildfires.

Latest Postings

2020 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Academy Registration Now Open

February 10, 2020

The Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Academy will take place at Longwood University from May 19-23, 2020.  Courses offered include: S-130/190, S-131, S-211, S-200, S-212, S-215, M-410, and RX-310.  Click the link below to register!

Save the Date! Virginia Prescribed Burn Manager's Course- September 22-24, 2020

January 08, 2020

The Virginia Prescribed Burn Manager's Course, hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry, is scheduled for September 22-24, 2020 in Charlottesville.  Registration will open later this year- stay tuned for more information!

Updated Information Regarding EXEMPTIONS Now Available

January 08, 2020

Updated information pertaining to Prescribed Fire Exemptions is now available on the Laws and Regulations Page. 

Beyond the Bonfire: A Primer on Prescribed Fire for Virginia's Private Landowners Now Available!

January 08, 2020

The Virginia Prescribed Fire Council is proud to announce the release of a new booklet designed to educate interested landowners in the benefits of using prescribed fire and important considerations to make before lighting the match.  This publication will also be available in print form-- more information on this to come! Special thanks to Justin Folks, who made this publication a reality. 

Important note of clarification. Bottom of pg 6-top of pg 7:

Where it states .... it should not be considered “careless, negligent, or intentional.” This should say..... it may not be considered “careless, negligent, or intentional.”

REMINDER: The determination of carelessness, negligence or intentional will be made by the courts. However, you will remain responsible for any associated costs of suppression.

Video Added under the Fire Ecology Section! Shortleaf Pine & Prescribed Fire- Lake Norman State Park

December 18, 2019

Great video on shortleaf pine and prescribed fire.

Now Available! 2019 VA Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course Presentations

October 10, 2019

Presentations from the 2019 Burn Manager Certification Course are now available in PDF form!

NEW NWCG Smoke Management Guide for RX Fire now available!

March 08, 2018

The NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire contains information on prescribed fire smoke management techniques, air quality regulations, smoke monitoring, modeling, communication, public perception of prescribed fire and smoke, climate change, practical meteorological approaches and smoke tools. The primary focus of this document is to serve as the textbook in support of NWCG’s RX410, Smoke Management Techniques course which is required for the position of Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2). The Guide is useful to all who use prescribed fire, from private land owners to federal land managers, with practical tools, and underlying science. Many chapters are helpful for addressing air quality impacts from wildfires. It is intended to assist those who are following the guidance of the NWCG’s Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide, PMS 484, in planning for, and addressing, smoke when conducting prescribed fires.

Check out the Conservation Gateway!

February 27, 2017

The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Gateway is a fantastic place to find reference materials and information pertaining to prescribed fire in Virginia and beyond.  Click on the link below to start exploring! 

VPFC Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 1

February 14, 2017

Introducing the first VPFC Newsletter! 

"February in the forest- burning under pines" Blog Post

February 07, 2017

This blog post was written by John Matel, Chairman of the Board at Virginia Tree Foundation.  John took the Virginia Prescribed Burn Manager Course in 2009 and recently had the opportunity to use his training first-hand.  Please click the link below to read about his experience.  

"Coming Full Circle" Blog Post

January 11, 2017

Naval Stores, Navy Transfers, and Longleaf Pine 

"Burning on the Edge" Conference Blog Post

October 01, 2016

The first annual Virginia Prescribed Fire Council meeting was held at Pocahontas State Park on September 14.  Nearly 90 council members from across the state were in attendance. 

Calling all Prescribed Fire Contractors!

September 01, 2016

The Virginia Prescribed Fire Council would like to give you free advertisement space! The intent of the "Find Fire Contractors" page is to convenietly provide Virginia landowners access to local contractors who specialize in prescribed fire and other land management practices.  

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