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Virginia Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Course

**Course Dates have moved to January 21-February 8, 2025!**

Description: This course was developed to promote the use of prescribed fire in Virginia, as well as raise the knowledge and awareness of Virginia’s prescribed burn practitioners. Students will gain an understanding of fire history and uses, burn planning and implementation, fire effects, and smoke management. Certified prescribed burn managers can apply for an exemption to the 4 PM Burning Law to complete specific types of burning during the restricted period of February 15 to April 30.


Format: Online self-paced delivery, approximately 12 hours. Students have the flexibility to work through the materials as their schedules allow. Experienced cadre members will host virtual office hours on select dates where students can ask questions and engage in prescribed fire discussions.


Target Group: Prescribed burn practitioners, natural resource managers, consultants, and contractors.


Tuition: Free


Registration: Opens May 1 - Closes November 1, 2024
Click here to register today!


Course Coordinators: Michael Downey ( &
Jason Braunstein (

Updated: March 18, 2024
Over the next two years, the focus of the Virginia Prescribed Fire Council is on building a strong foundation from which our Council can grow. We strive to inform and guide our members in creating an active and informed Council that accurately reflects the interests and goals of the group and helps all of us put Good Fire on the ground in Virginia. 
The council will be holding virtual quarterly meetings in 2024, highlighting and considering a different issues in the prescribed fire community.

Fire Councils in the Southeast         March 19, 2024          1300-1500
Prescribed Burn Associations           June 11, 2024              1300-1500
University Student Engagement     September 10, 2024   1300-1500
Council Sponsored Training            Date TBA                     Time TBA

All members are invited to join these meetings. If you're interested in attending, sign up to join the Council (membership is free) today!

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