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Introduction to Prescribed Fire

Time limit: 120 days

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Introduction to Prescribed Fire

This a self-paced online training course that will prepare you to conduct a safe and effective prescribed burn. You will learn why fire is a crucial part of a healthy ecosystem and to create a fire plan to meet your land management goals.  The course features interactive learning activities and custom videos.

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Time Requirements

  • 8 hours total.
  • The course is divided into 9 modules which can be completed at your own pace.
  • Each module will take about 30-60 minutes to complete.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain why fire is a crucial part of a healthy ecosystem.
  • Identify key considerations for creating a fire plan.
  • Recognize safe practices for conducting a prescribed burn, including equipment, firebreaks and smoke management.
  • Describe the best practices for meeting the land management objectives using prescribed fire, including ignition and season of burn. 

Teaching Method

This is a self-paced, course.  You will watch videos, engage in activities and take quizzes.  


  • Introduction to Prescribed Fire
  • Prescribed Fire Law and Liability
  • Fire Prescriptions
  • Fire Effects
  • Firebreaks
  • Ignition
  • Smoke Management
  • Burn Seasons
  • Fire Equipment

Completing the Course

  • To complete the course, you must access all pages and earn an assessment of 80%.
  • Once you have completed the course, you will be granted a certificate of completion.