TREX trainee lights a controlled burn unit.

Controlled Burning Restores Land, Protects Homes from Wildfires

By: Michelle Medley-Daniel

Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

Type: Meeting / Event

The Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, with The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, hosted a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) in Northern California this past fall. The exchange brought together fire managers from around California, as well as participants from Washington, Florida and even Spain. For some, the TREX was their first hands-on experience with controlled burning, while others were working on their burn boss qualifications (a designation requiring years of experience to achieve). Trainees were able to experience burning in different ecosystems and in a variety of conditions, from the North Coast where they burned in Redwood National Park, to a private ranch and youth summer camp in Trinity County, to a number of private parcels with homes in the Orleans area.

FAC Network leaders in the Mid-Klamath hosted TREX participants for several days and produced this video documenting one landowner’s perspectives on controlled burning.

Prescribed fire is an important tool for many communities working to become more fire resilient. You can learn more about future TREX training events here.

How has prescribed fire played a role in your FAC strategies? Have landowners in your community embraced prescribed burning yet?

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