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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… 

Sep 9, 2019

Prescribed Fire PPE: Practical Options for Landowners

By Laurel Kays, NC State Extension Forestry, Jesse Wimberley, Sandhills PBA, Jennifer Fawcett, NC State Extension Forestry This is the first in a three-part series of posts highlighting PPE options for landowners who conduct prescribed burns. The second and third posts will provide information on PPE elements including boots, gloves, hats, and eye protection. Personal Protective Equipment,… 

Aug 30, 2019

Managers and Researchers Connect to Advise on Restoration of Rare Old-Growth Longleaf Tract

By Laurel Kays, NC State Extension Forestry & Southern Fire Exchange, Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers Research Station, and Dr. Morgan Varner, Tall Timbers Research Station On a hot June afternoon in North Carolina, professionals from organizations including NC State Extension Forestry, Tall Timbers Research Station, Alachua Conservation Trust and the USDA Forest Service met on a dirt… 

Nov 12, 2018

Unmanned Aircraft Systems & Fire: A Conversation with Department of the Interior’s Steve Stroud

By Steve Stroud, DOI Office of Aviation Services Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fleet Manager 1) What is your background in wildland fire? I have spent the last 22 years in wildland fire, including working with type 2 Hand crews, Light and Heavy Engines, Helicopter Rappel crews, Smokejumpers and Aerial Supervision. My current qualifications are Air Attack… 

Oct 4, 2018

Ask a Contractor: A Discussion with Phil Dye of Prometheus Fire Consulting LLC

By Phil Dye, Prometheus Fire Consulting LLC What is your background in wildland fire? I started in wildland fire in 1997 with a local government fire agency. I retired in 2017 at the rank of Fire Captain but I remain active as a volunteer. In my 20 year career, I responded to dozens of wildland… 

Aug 31, 2018

TELE Workshop Teaches Skills for Targeted Outreach

By Patrick Ma, Seewee Longleaf Conservation Cooperative Coordinator In July, natural resource professionals from many states and backgrounds met together at Little Ocmulgee State Park in McCrae, GA for a Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) workshop. TELE workshops focus on how to understand and reach the target audience for natural resource efforts and programs.… 

Jul 26, 2018

From Spark to Blaze: 2018 Forest to Classroom Program Ignites Classroom Education

By Jessica Metz, 3rd-6th grade teacher at New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, NC I had a spark of an idea. I wanted to teach about fire. I wanted to teach about the history and culture and science and events of fire that had been in North Carolina from the most ancient of times to current… 

Jul 5, 2018

Virginia “Learn and Burn” Workshop Gets Landowners in the Field with Fire

By Laurel Kays, Extension Assistant, NC State University On Thursday, May 10, state and regional partners came together at the Airfield 4H Conference Center in Wakefield, VA to host a successful “learn and burn,” a workshop on prescribed fire for private landowners. The morning classroom session featured speakers from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Nature Conservancy,… 

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…