Prescribed Fire Education & Training


We started by reviewing the draft CBM curriculum that ODF and prescribed fire expert and long-time Extension professional Alan Long wrote in 2002. ODF’s fourteen -chapter textbook provided a good foundation for us and we had cross-referenced it with other prescribed fire education material from around the country. But after nearly twenty years, much of the content was outdated and not written in a way that would appeal to our learners or reflect our diverse landscapes. In partnership with the OPFC, we began updating the content for Oregon landowners, sorting through the original ODF textbook for the content we wanted to preserve, developing new content, and creating a live training component. We also made sure that our material would align with the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and USDA’s 2018 -2022 Strategic Goals #5 : “Strengthen the Stewardship of Private Lands Through Technology and Research” and #6: “Ensure Productive and Sustainable Use of Our National Forest System Lands.” We began our material creation process by developing the following logic model and determining outcomes:


Input/ Resources

Activities/ Outputs


Short Term (knowledge)

Intermediate (actions)

Long Term (conditions)

High-intensity fires on the rise in the western U.S.

Fire program team time, communication skills,

Convene multi- agency working group. Conduct prescribed fire survey. Social networking (e.g. blogs, Twitter,

Increased community of practice Increased understandin g of fire’s benefits More partnerships More opportunities for prescribed fire education, training

Land managers

Acceptance, cross- boundary use of prescribed fire when, where appropriate

increasingly equipped to use prescribed fire safely, effectively Incorporation of prescribed fire in land management planning More use of broadcast burning across state Built/stronger partnerships; agreements, MOUs in place; more

professional connections

Social, ecological, economic effects of wildfires

Extension expertise, resources: Extension Foundation, ANREP NEWFI,

Improved landscape

resilience to disturbance Communities less vulnerable to wildfire Funding, technical support established

In 2020, wildfire burned 1M+ acres in Oregon on public, private land. Prescribed fire underused tool for land managers

Facebook, YouTube, newsletter, media/news releases)

Extension agents &

specialists, EESC, PACE

Fire program website content maintenance, expansion Presentations, attendance at meetings Active role in Prescribed Fire Council

Time, knowledge, skills of multi- agency working group, collaborators, 9 Tribal Nations of Oregon

Decreased number of pile burn escapes

Identification of funding, technical support

funding, technical support


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