Wildland and Prescribed Fire

Fire can be both a good and bad force in the forest. Under controlled conditions, the benefits of fire in forest and ecosystem management are great. Under uncontrolled conditions, fires can be disastrous.

Prevention and suppression of wildfires is a key part of the Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) mission; the agency achieves this through education, as well as responding to and suppressing wildfires. VDOF responders suppress more than 700 wildfires each year, protecting forests and property. Fire can be an important component of healthy landscapes, but in developed landscapes, fire can also be devastating, causing loss and harm to people and property. Managing fire in the landscape is critical to maintain healthy forestland and safe communities.

These same individuals who suppress wildfires also use fire as a management tool, completing around 4,000 acres of prescribed or controlled burning to benefit Virginia ecosystems.

VDOF’s wildfire prevention program is also going strong. Almost all wildfires in Virginia are caused by humans – therefore, almost all wildfires are preventable. With this in mind, VDOF places much emphasis on preventing wildfires through awareness and educational programs, working with youth, adults, and communities. Prevention is our best defense against wildfires!



Wildland and Prescribed Fire Resources

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A Guide for Prescribed Fire in Southern Forests
A Guide for Prescribed Fire in Southern ForestsViewfire-and-emergency-responseprescribed-burningpublication
A Guide to Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Quality
A Guide to Mid-Atlantic Regional Air QualityViewfire-and-emergency-responseprescribed-burningpublication
Application for Exemption to the 4PM Burning Law
Application for Exemption to the 4PM Burning Law4.07Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burn-manager-tools prescribed-burningform
Become a Wildland Firefighter
Become a Wildland FirefighterP00149

Brochure provides information to help get started in becoming a wildland firefighter in Virginia. Firefighters must meet certain training, fitness, and service requirements.

Viewfire-and-emergency-response human-resourcescareers fire-department-resources wildfire-suppressionpublication
Beyond the Bonfire: A Primer on Prescribed Fire for Virginia's Landowners
Beyond the Bonfire: A Primer on Prescribed Fire for Virginia’s Landowners

Booklet educates landowners about prescribed fire. What are the laws regarding prescribed burning? How is a burn conducted? What tools are necessary to safely conduct a burn?

Viewfire-and-emergency-responseprescribed-burningpublication
Brush Piles for Wildlife
Brush Piles for WildlifeP00201

Brochure educates landowners about an excellent alternative to burning brush on his or her property, including where to build a brush pile, building a brush pile, and maintenance. Printed copies available.

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Commonwealth of Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board 9VAC5 Chapter 130 Regulation for Open Burning
Commonwealth of Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board 9VAC5 Chapter 130 Regulation for Open Burning

Provides emission standards for open burning in Virginia.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools prescribed-burningpublication
Developing Wildlife-Friendly Pine Plantations
Developing Wildlife-Friendly Pine PlantationsViewfire-and-emergency-responseprescribed-burningpublication
Dry Fire Hydrant Grant Program Application
Dry Fire Hydrant Grant Program Application4.30Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsecost-share-programs dry-hydrant-program fire-department-resources grant-programsform
Dry Hydrant Manual
Dry Hydrant ManualR8-TP-19Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsecost-share-programs dry-hydrant-program dry-hydrants fire-department-resources grant-programspublication
Evidence Protection
Evidence ProtectionP00141

Brochure serves as a guide to first-response emergency personnel for protecting life and property, putting the fire out, and securing the scene; providing steps that should be taken at the time of dispatch, en-route, upon arrival, suppression, and securing the area. Printed copies available.

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Fighting Wildfire in Virginia
Fighting Wildfire in VirginiaP00148

Brochure provides a safety and logistical briefing to wildfire personnel fighting wildfire in Virginia, including VDOF-provided meals, lodging, personnel/crew time, medical needs, nature’s hazards, and other guidelines for Virginia wildfires.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responsefire-department-resources firefighter-resources wildfire-suppressionpublication
Fire Effects Guide
Fire Effects GuideNFES 2394Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Firefighter Property Program Cooperative Equipment Possession Agreement
Firefighter Property Program Cooperative Equipment Possession Agreement4.29Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsefederal-firefighter-property fire-department-resourcesform
Firefighter Property Program Request for Federal Excess Property
Firefighter Property Program Request for Federal Excess Property4.24Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsefederal-firefighter-property fire-department-resourcesform
Firewise Communities for Virginia
Firewise Communities for VirginiaP00111

Brochure provides important steps to protecting your home and community from wildfire, including firewise landscaping, defensible space, fire-resistant roof and exterior construction, fire-resistant attachments, steps to becoming a firewise community, a disaster plan, defensible space, and emergency access. Printed copies available.

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Firewise Landscaping Part 1: Overview
Firewise Landscaping Part 1: OverviewViewfire-and-emergency-responsefirewise firewise-landscapingvideo
Firewise Landscaping Part 2: Design and Installation
Firewise Landscaping Part 2: Design and InstallationViewfire-and-emergency-responsefirewise firewise-landscapingvideo
Firewise Landscaping Part 3: Maintenance
Firewise Landscaping Part 3: MaintenanceViewfire-and-emergency-responsefirewise firewise-landscapingvideo
Firewise Virginia Community Hazard Mitigation Grant Application
Firewise Virginia Community Hazard Mitigation Grant Application4.32Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsecommunity-resources cost-share-programs firewise firewise-mitigation-program grant-programsform
Home Wildfire Safety Checklist - Is Your Home Firewise?
Home Wildfire Safety Checklist – Is Your Home Firewise?FT0002

Forestry topic information sheet provides a checklist of items to answer about your home to assist in identifying characteristics of your home that may require changes to improve the wildfire safety of your home.

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Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Package (zip file)

Zip files contains pdf forms of most commonly used ICS forms used in incident management and development of an incident action plan.

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Incident Qualification System (IQS) Data Collection
Incident Qualification System (IQS) Data Collection4.25Viewfire-and-emergency-responsefirefighter-hiring firefighter-resources qualificationsform
Incident Qualification System (IQS) Data Update
Incident Qualification System (IQS) Data Update4.26Viewfire-and-emergency-responsefirefighter-hiring firefighter-resources qualificationsform
Is Your Home Safe from a Wildfire
Is Your Home Safe from a WildfireViewfire-and-emergency-responsefirewise firewise-landscapingpublication
Mulch Fires
Mulch FiresP00130

Brochure provides insight into the serious threat of mulch fires and steps you can take to be aware of this fire safety hazard. Printed copies available.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburning landowner-resources wildfire-preventionpublication
Outdoor Fire Laws
Outdoor Fire LawsP00107

Brochure provides an overview, as well as detailed fire law information in the Commonwealth of Virginia, encouraging citizens to know the forest fire laws and local ordinances before burning, and safety tips for burning. Printed copies available.

Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning fire-department-resources fire-laws firefighter-resources forestry-laws landowner-resources wildfire-preventionpublication
Phragmites and Fire
Phragmites and FireP00109

Brochure describes just what phragmites is, why it is a serious threat, how to recognize the problem, and reducing the risk to your home and property.

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Prescribed Burn Management Plan
Prescribed Burn Management Plan4.09Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools prescribed-burningform
Prescribed Burning Services Agreement
Prescribed Burning Services Agreement4.10Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools prescribed-burningform
References on the American Indian Use of Fire in Ecosystems
References on the American Indian Use of Fire in EcosystemsViewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)W-9Viewfinance financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance-forest-management financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality fire-and-emergency-response forest-health forest-management urban-and-community-forestry water-qualitycost-share-programs eabt-program firewise-mitigation-program grant-programs lpfct-program lpr-program pct-program rt-program vfa-programform
Safe Debris Burning
Safe Debris BurningP00133

Brochure provides a fire safety alert to this common danger, including alternatives to burning, building a shelter for wildlife, burning responsibly, and safety tips. Printed copies available.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburning landowner-resources wildfire-preventionpublication
Services for Landowners
Services for LandownersP00112

Brochure provides information about the services available to landowners from the Virginia Department of Forestry, including forest management and Forest Health, timber harvesting and water quality, land conservation, tree seedling production, and resource protection. Printed copies available.

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Smokey Bear Face Pumpkin Pattern
Smokey Bear Face Pumpkin Pattern

Pattern to be used in carving a Smokey Bear face on a pumpkin.

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Smokey Bear Halloween Coloring Sheet
Smokey Bear Halloween Coloring Sheet

Coloring sheet for Halloween with a fire prevention message.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responsehalloween kids-resources smokey-bearpublication
Smokey Bear Happy Holidays Coloring Sheet
Smokey Bear Happy Holidays Coloring Sheet

Coloring sheet with a happy holidays message.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responseholidays kids-resources smokey-bearpublication
Smokey Bear St. Patrick's Day Coloring Sheet
Smokey Bear St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Sheet

Coloring sheet with a happy St. Patrick’s Day message.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responseholidays kids-resources smokey-bearpublication
VDOF Part-Time Firefighter Pay and Qualification Matrix
VDOF Part-Time Firefighter Pay and Qualification Matrix

Part-time firefighter pay level and qualification requirements for VDOF part-time firefighters.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responsefirefighter-hiring firefighter-resources qualificationsdocument
Virginia Reader
Virginia ReaderP00110

Newspaper-style publication provides fire safety and prevention information for youth, including fire and water, fire behaviour, the fire triangle, history of fire, fighting wildland fires, effects of fire on water quality, effects of fire on air quality, and a crossword puzzle to test what you learn.

Viewfire-and-emergency-responsekids-resources wildfire-preventionpublication
Virginia Smoke Management Guidelines
Virginia Smoke Management GuidelinesViewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools prescribed-burningpublication
Virginia's 4PM Burning Law Amended for Orchard and Vineyard Growers
Virginia’s 4PM Burning Law Amended for Orchard and Vineyard Growers

Information sheet provides guidance regarding the 4PM burning law amended for orchard and vineyard growers allowing burning for freeze/frost protection.

Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law fire-department-resources forestry-laws wildfire-preventionpublication
Virginia's Forestry Laws
Virginia’s Forestry LawsP00002

Pocket guide provides detailed information about the forestry laws in Virginia, including general forestry laws, forest fire laws and penalties, certified prescribed burn manager laws, seed tree laws, riparian forest buffer tax credit laws, debris in streams laws and penalties, silvicultural water quality laws and penalties, and more. Printed copies available.

Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law fire-department-resources fire-laws firefighter-resources forestry-laws water-quality-lawspublication
Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Equipment Application
Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Equipment Application4.31Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsecost-share-programs fire-department-resources grant-programs vfa-programform
Wildfire Smoke - A Guide for Public Health Officials and Factsheets
Wildfire Smoke – A Guide for Public Health Officials and FactsheetsViewfire-and-emergency-responsefire-department-resources prescribed-burningpublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Air
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on AirRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 5Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Fauna
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on FaunaRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 1Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Flora
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on FloraRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 2Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Soil and Water
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on Soil and WaterRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 4Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Fire and Non-Native Invasive Plants
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Fire and Non-Native Invasive PlantsRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 6Viewfire-and-emergency-responseburn-manager-tools fire-ecology prescribed-burningpublication
Wildland Urban Interface Fire Protection Program Woodland Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment
Wildland Urban Interface Fire Protection Program Woodland Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment4.33Viewfire-and-emergency-responsewildfire-hazardform
Wildland Urban Interface Fire Protection Program Woodland Home/Structure Wildfire Hazard Assessment
Wildland Urban Interface Fire Protection Program Woodland Home/Structure Wildfire Hazard Assessment4.34Viewfire-and-emergency-responsewildfire-hazardform

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