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Mar 11, 2024

First Ever Southern Area Engine Academy in North Carolina

By: Jennifer Fawcett, NC State Extension The Southern Area Engine Academy offers a comprehensive program designed for supervisors and crew personnel responsible for initial attack and tactical decision-making in the suppression of wildfires and the management of prescribed fires. The curriculum equips students with essential skills in utilizing water-handling equipment safely and efficiently, along with mastering tactics specific to… 

May 11, 2021

Prescribed Fire & Climate Change – Are We Prepared?

Anthropogenic climate change, including connections to wildland fire, is an increasingly prominent topic nationally and in the Southeast. Rising global surface temperatures are already impacting wildfire risk, prescribed fire implementation, hurricane intensity, and many other issues facing natural resource managers in the South. Research shows that these trends are projected to continue. However, many resources… 

Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Social Distance and Hygiene Tips for Prescribed Burners

*Current information as of March 25, 2020 While many state and federal agencies across the South have put their prescribed burn programs on hold due to COVID-19, many other agencies and private entities continue to burn. In the Southern U.S., a majority of land is privately owned and prescribed burn efforts are still continuing through… 

Jan 15, 2020

Driptorch Digest Newsletter is Returning in 2020

We are excited for another year of sharing monthly prescribed fire updates, news stories, and events happening across the Southern region! Ring in the new year by checking out the January Driptorch Digest newsletter, which contains a variety of timely and pertinent wildland fire-related information. For example, did you know that Virginia now has a… 

Mar 14, 2018

New Wildland Fire Curriculum Package for Facilitators and Educators

By Kara Baylog, Citizen Fire Academy/Forestry Education Program Asst II, Oregon State University Extension Service Earlier this year, the Citizen Fire Academy (CFA): Curriculum Package for Facilitators and Educators was published out of Oregon State University.  CFA programs are designed to help participants understand the risks of living in a fire environment, instill a sense of responsibility on… 

Feb 28, 2018

March Driptorch Digest

The March edition of the Driptorch Digest is now available here. We know it covers a lot of information (you all have been busy this month!), but didn’t want you to miss these highlights: Recordings from many of the AFE Fire Ecology and Management conference special sessions, plenary sessions and AFEx Talks are now online… 

Feb 7, 2018

K-12 and Youth Wildland Fire Resources

I am often asked about what types of wildland fire K-12 and youth resources are available and where to find them. There are numerous excellent programs and resources out there, but no one central location (that we have found) where they are housed. So, we have developed a comprehensive list of the online resources of… 

Dec 18, 2017

Prescribed Burn Vendor Databases

Many states in the South provide online vendor databases for prescribed burning either on the state forestry agency website, or through the Prescribed Fire Council. On these sites, prescribed burn contractors can add their business to a list where private landowners can then search the database to find a contractor who offers prescribed burning in… 

Dec 14, 2017

December Driptorch Digest and New Grant Opportunity

The final 2017 edition of the Driptorch Digest can be seen here: Read about how the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge manages RCW habitat with prescribed fire, the “Fire Weather Intelligence Portal”, a new SFE fact sheet:  Planning for Habitat: The Importance of Assessing Functional Groups in Longleaf Pine Understories, new LANDFIRE tools and applications, upcoming events, and much… 

Oct 30, 2017

November Driptorch Digest Now Available

The November edition of the Driptorch Digest is now available and can be read here! Check it out for success stories, job posts, upcoming events, and more. If you’ve missed any previous editions, you can always find them on the “Driptorch Digest” tab. Enjoy!