A Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) is a group of landowners and other concerned citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Association members pool their knowledge, man-power and equipment to help other people in their association conduct prescribed burns.

66 PBAs are now found in 12 states across the U.S., depicted on this map. Some states and individual PBAs even have their own websites: North Carolina SandhillsKansasNebraskaTexasOklahoma, Illinois, and North Florida.

Numerous resources and opportunities are available regarding PBAs. Some of these have been compiled and are provided below.

 

Resources for Those in a PBA:

Educational Opportunities

  • e-FIRE – An interactive video course designed for landowners and those new to prescribed fire to learn how to plan, conduct, and evaluate a burn.
  • Online courses – The online “Basic Prescribed Fire Training” and the “Introduction to Southeast Prescribed Fire” courses can be found at http://campus.extension.org (search term: prescribed fire).
  • Certified Burner Courses – If your state provides a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager course, look for upcoming dates in your area!

Materials & Resources

  • A South Central Texas PBA member developed this small-scale demonstration method for reaching school children and 4-H members, but it could also be used to teach landowners who are new to burning. Small-Scale Demonstration Burns

Mobile Apps

  • GroupMe App (useful to connect with many people about the burn by only sending a single message)
  • RxBurn Tracker (helps you monitor the long-term effects of burning by storing basic information about a prescribed fire and take pre- and post-burn photos from exactly the same spot over time)
  • Smoke Management Pocket Guide (has 12 basic smoke management guidelines to keep in mind, and a fuel calculator to determine how much available fuel is in your burn unit)

Capture Your Burn Data

John Weir is interested in collecting information on all prescribed burns being conducted around the country, especially those from PBAs. Take a few minutes and log your burn into the OPBA burn entry form, or on the OPBA website at www.ok-pba.org under burn entry form.

 

Resources for Those Wanting to Form a PBA:

Fact Sheets

 

Videos

 

Webinars

 

Brochures

 

Powerpoint Presentations

 

Example By-Laws

 

Example Equipment List/ Sign-out Sheets

 

Sample Meeting Agendas

 

Template Agreements/MOUs

 

Signs

 

Template Burn Plans

 

Checklists

 

Protocols & Miscellaneous

 

Liability 

 

Articles about PBAs

 

Success Stories

 

News/Media Stories

 

Do you know of a resource that should be included on this page? If so, please contact jennifer_fawcett@ncsu.edu