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.

64 PBAs are now found in 10 states across the U.S., depicted on this map. Some states even have their own PBA websites: KansasNebraskaTexasOklahoma, Illinois.

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


Resources for Those Wanting to Form a PBA:

Fact Sheets

The Value of Forming a PBA (2016)

Prescribed Burn Associations (2015)

Prescribed Fire Associations (2005)





Prescribed Fire Techniques, Planning, and Precautions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas

This webinar on PBAs presented by John Weir:



PBAs in Texas

NC Sandhills PBA


Powerpoint Presentations

Introduction to Coastal Bend PBA


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)


Example By-Laws

Coastal Bend PBA

Hill County PBA

North Central Range Improvement Association PBA


Example Equipment List/ Sign-out Sheets

Hill County PBA 

North Central Range Improvement Association PBA


Sample Meeting Agendas

North Central Range Improvement Association PBA


Template Agreements/MOUs

North Central Range Improvement Association PBA




Template Burn Plans

North Central Range Improvement Association PBA



North Central Range Improvement Association PBA Preburn Safety Checklist

NC Sandhills PBA


Protocols & Miscellaneous

Prescribed Burn Protocol North Central Range Improvement Association PBA

Release Form North Central Range Improvement Association

SO YOU WANT TO BURN YOUR PROPERTY? What to do as a North Central Range Improvement Association PBA Member

NC Sandhills PBA Cost Share Decision Tree



Prescribed fire liability factsheet: standards of care by state


Articles about PBAs

A GUIDE FOR Wildlife Management Associations and Co-ops (2004)

Prescribed Burning Cooperatives: Empowering and Equipping Ranchers to Manage Rangelands (2005)

Prescribed Burning Associations: Landowners Effectively Applying Fire to the Land (2010)

The rising Great Plains fire campaign: citizens’ response to woody plant encroachment (2013)

The role of prescribed burn associations in the application of prescribed fires in rangeland ecosystems (2014)

Prescribed burn association activity, needs, and safety record: A survey of the Great Plains (2015)

From Grassroots to National Alliance: The Emerging Trajectory for Landowner Prescribed Burn Associations (2016)

Great Plains Fire Tour Visits the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association (2018)


Success Stories

Increasing Prescribed Fire Capacity through Community-led Prescribed Burn Association (2016)


News/Media Stories

Land Owners Get ‘How To’ Lesson on Controlled Burns

Burn Association Hosts Annual Meeting And Rolls Out Website


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