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Prescribed Fire Basics: A New Training Series from OSU Extension

Prescribed fire is a critical and effective method to help mitigate the risk of wildfires, but there are significant barriers to using this method responsibly. A lack of personnel with the knowledge and operational skills to implement prescribed fires contributes to these barriers as many states do not provide the much-needed education and training on prescribed fires to the public. Oregon State Extension's Fire team is on a mission to meet this crucial need by providing accessible education and training to non-fire agency professionals and landowners. The OSU team has been working to create tools and training that help increase landowners' knowledge of the importance and mechanics of prescribed burns.

Their newest education series, Prescribed Fire Basics, provides introductory-level information for landowners and others to increase their understanding of the importance of prescribed burns. Through the six modules, landowners will learn the role of prescribed fire in Oregon and receive knowledge of the steps necessary to plan and implement a prescribed burn. The series comprises six modules: Prescribed Fire: Why We Burn, The Ecological Effects of Fire, Fire Behavior, Smoke Management, Planning a Prescribed Burn, and Managing a Prescribed Burn. The OSU team is working on five additional modules to add to this education series: Safety, Fuels, Fire weather, Ignition, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Find the Prescribed Fire Basics series here:

Check out OSU Flippingbook: Prescribed Fire Education & Training for a detailed look at how to implement training in your Extension programming.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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