Prescribed Fire and Smoke Managementlast updated: February 2015

Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management

Prescribed burning is the deliberate use of fire under specified and controlled conditions to achieve a resource management goal. Benefits include:

  • site preparation for reforesting,
  • hardwood control in pine stands,
  • wildfire hazard reduction,
  • improved wildlife habitat
  • threatened and endangered species management.

To assist in achieveing these goals, the Virginia Department of Forestry has established a Certified Prescribed Burn Managers Program. This three-day program includes sessions on fire behavior, environmental effects of fire, and smoke management.

Who should attend:

  • landowners (who want to learn about prescribed burning)
  • natural resource managers
  • consultants
  • farmers
  • contractors

Those who successfully complete the training will become certified under the program.

For more information on prescribed burning, smoke management, or the certified prescribed burn managers course, contact Fred Turck.

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Contact Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management

Contact Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management

Virginia Department of Forestry
Fred Turck
900 Natural Resources Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903
Phone: 434-977-6555
Fax: 434-296-2369


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Statewide service provider in:
  • Virginia

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