Prescribed fire is exciting, but long before the test fire is lit, a solid burn plan must be in place. The core elements as outlined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) help ensure success on a prescribed burn. What are your goals and objectives? How would you describe the burn area and fuels? How complex will the burn be? Do you have the resources needed to conduct a safe burn? What is the preferred fire behavior?
In this webinar, Jon Bailey of The Nature Conservancy's Maine chapter and Chris O'Brien from the White Mountain National Forest walked us through the elements needed to develop a successful burn plan. They shared examples of how burn plans are developed in their own organizations, and how the results on the ground inform future management decisions.
This webinar is part of our Prescribed Fire Science Workshop Series, a collection of virtual events, trainings, and networking opportunities to connect fire scientists and land managers with the goal of increasing the pace and scale of prescribed burning in the northeastern United States. This series will lay the groundwork for continued exchange between scientists and managers, including more virtual events and (eventually!) at least one in-person meeting that will feature a prescribed burn (RxB). Learn more about the series here.