Prescribed Burn Manager Tools

Fires play a vital role in keeping certain types of forests, grasslands, and other landscapes healthy. Many land managers embrace prescribed fire – that is, setting intentional, controlled fires in a specific area with a specific goal – as a necessary and useful tool to prevent dangerous wildfires and manage certain landscapes for long-term ecological health. VDOF encourages the responsible use of controlled burning for the management of Virginia’s natural resources.

Prescribed fire is an important tool for the management of Virginia’s natural resources. The VDOF encourages the use of prescribed fire and provides tools to assist burn managers.

Cooperative Efforts

The Virginia Prescribed Fire Council is a unique group in Virginia focused on promoting the use of prescribed fire for ecological benefits. Its membership includes representation from nearly every entity in the Commonwealth with an interest in increasing the use of controlled fire for managing Virginia resources.

Certified Prescribed Burn Managers

To promote the use of prescribed fire in Virginia, as well as raise the knowledge and awareness of Virginia’s prescribed burn practitioners, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has established a Certified Prescribed Burn Managers Program. The voluntary three-day program includes sessions on fire behavior, environmental effects of fire, and smoke management.

Read more about the Certified Burn Managers Program.


Additional Resources

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Application for Exemption to the 4PM Burning Law
Application for Exemption to the 4PM Burning Law4.07Viewfire-and-emergency-responseform
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-responsepublication
Fire Effects Guide
Fire Effects GuideNFES 2394Viewfire-and-emergency-responsepublication
Prescribed Burn Management Plan
Prescribed Burn Management Plan4.09Viewfire-and-emergency-responseform
Prescribed Burning Services Agreement
Prescribed Burning Services Agreement4.10Viewfire-and-emergency-responseform
References on the American Indian Use of Fire in Ecosystems
References on the American Indian Use of Fire in EcosystemsViewfire-and-emergency-responsepublication
Virginia Smoke Management Guidelines
Virginia Smoke Management GuidelinesViewfire-and-emergency-responsepublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Air
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on AirRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 5Viewfire-and-emergency-responsepublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Fauna
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on FaunaRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 1Viewfire-and-emergency-responsepublication
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Effects of Fire on Flora
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on FloraRMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 2Viewfire-and-emergency-responsepublication
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-responsepublication
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-responsepublication

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