Missouri Prescribed Fire Council

Basics

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Prescribed burning is a safe and effective way of applying a natural process for maintaining natural ecosystem processes and reducing wildfire risk.

 

Why Use Prescribed Fire?

  • Control woody plant growth in grasslands, savannas, and woodlands.
  • Recycled stored nutrients.
  • Improve wildlife habitat.
  • Increase wildflower diversity.
  • Thin overcrowded forest stands.
  • Lessen catastrophic wildfire risk by reducing excess fuel.

The Council

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The Missouri Prescribed Fire Council is dedicated to promoting and protecting the responsible use of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool in Missouri.

The Missouri Prescribed Fire Council assembles those concerned about prescribed fire into an established organization to:

  1. Promote and enhance the ability to use prescribed fire as a land management tool.
  2. Increase expertise in prescribed fire by sharing technical and biological information.
  3. Promote safety, training and research in the art and science of prescribed fire.
  4. Review prescribed fire practices, regulations and policies and actively work to make improvements.
  5. Promote public education about the  effects of prescribed fire.
  6. Encourage the development and establishment of local prescribed fire associations.

The Executive Board is made up of representatives from a variety of groups:

Chair: John Burk, National Wild Turkey Federation
Vice Chair: Rick Case, US Forest Service
Secretary: Elsa Gallagher, Quail Forever, Inc.
Treasurer: Nick Prough, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc.

Members at Large:
Ben Webster, Missouri Department of Conservation
Matt Arndt, Quality Forest Management, LLC
Daniel Godwin, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fire Weather

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Knowing the fire weather forecast is a crucial element in conducting a prescribed burn. 

 

Select your region of Missouri for NOAA fire weather forecasts.  Some areas overlap slightly, so it's worth checking multiple regions.

Other useful fire weather links:
 

Contractors

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Prescribed fire takes skills and careful forethought.  Professional contractors can help with fuel reduction, putting in fire breaks, burn planning, or conducting the burn itself.

Missouri Department of Conservation maintains a list of contractors on their website.  From there, you can search by region or capability.

Equipment Assistance

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Many private land biologists across the state have burn equipment available for your use.

Find the closest one to you on the map below and contact them!

 

Map not working? Download the spreadsheet of equipment locations.

Contribute

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The Missouri Prescribed Fire Council relies on member contributions to provide a unifying voice for fire practitioners in Missouri.

Want to show off your support for safe, appropriate fire and support the Council? Consider purchasing some of our promotional goods, including bumper stickers and coffee mugs.

 

 

Join!

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Joining the Council is easy - just sign up!

We promise never to give or sell your information. We will periodically send emails to better serve the Missouri fire community.
 
 
 
 
 
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