Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management

Prescribed burning is the deliberate use of fire under specified and controlled conditions to achieve a resource management goal. Benefits include:

  • site preparation for reforesting
  • hardwood control in pine stands
  • wildfire hazard reduction
  • improved wildlife habitat
  • threatened and endangered species management

To assist in achieving these goals, the Virginia Department of Forestry has established a Certified Prescribed Burn Managers Program. This three-day program includes sessions on fire behavior, environmental effects of fire, and smoke management.

Who should attend:

  • landowners (who want to learn about prescribed burning)
  • natural resource managers
  • consultants
  • farmers
  • contractors

Those who successfully complete the training will become certified under the program.

For more information on prescribed burning, smoke management, or the certified prescribed burn managers course, contact Fred Turck.


Certified Burn Manager Presentations

National Guard Training

Burn Manager Tools

  • Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management Guide *Updated 2015 Version* [ PDF format ]
  • Form 4.9 - Prescribed Burn Management Plan (old Form 69) [ Word format ]
  • Form 4.7 - Application for Exemption to the 4 p.m. Burning Law (old Form 180) (Certified Prescribed Burn Managers Only) [ Word format ]

Additional Publications and Resources

Additional Information

Prescribed Burning Benefits and Techniques

Prescribed Burning and Wildlife Management

Smoke Management

Additional Resources

  • Fire Effects Information System FEIS
  • VirginiaPrescribed Fire Council - The Council is a mix of natural resource professionals, land managers, and others who support the use of prescribed burning.

Last modified: Tuesday, 06-Feb-2018 13:55:02 EST