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.
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.
- A Guide to Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Quality
- Wildfire Smoke – A Guide for Public Health Officials and Factsheets
- A Guide for Prescribed Fire in Southern Forests “The Black Book”
- Developing Wildlife-Friendly Pine Plantations
|Application for Exemption to the 4PM Burning Law||4.07||Form||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Commonwealth of Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board 9VAC5 Chapter 130 Regulation for Open Burning|
Provides emission standards for open burning in Virginia.
|Fire Effects Guide||NFES 2394||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Prescribed Burn Management Plan||4.09||Form||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Prescribed Burning Services Agreement||4.10||Form||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|References on the American Indian Use of Fire in Ecosystems||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Virginia Smoke Management Guidelines||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on Air||RMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 5||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on Fauna||RMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 1||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on Flora||RMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 2||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Effects of Fire on Soil and Water||RMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 4||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|
|Wildland Fire in Ecosystems – Fire and Non-Native Invasive Plants||RMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 6||Publication||View||fire-and-emergency-response|