Learning to burn is an initiative designed to increase capacity for prescribed fire management in Trinity County. Collaboratively designed by Watershed Center staff, partners, and local volunteer fire department chiefs, the effort includes training events that introduce participants to fire ecology, weather observations, and measurements, site prep, firing and holding. The goal of the project is two-fold, to increase the number of qualified people who can implement prescribed fire projects, and to share the value of prescribed fire for landscape health, fire preparedness, and fire safety.
Integrating prescribed fire into the skillset of local volunteer fire departments contributes to a safer and more fire adapted community, and offers volunteers skills that open the door to new work opportunities. To date, over two dozen people have received training, including members of the Hayfork, Junction City, and Post Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as members of the Watershed Center’s field crew.
If you are interested in attending or hosting a training, contact Fire, Fuels, and Forestry program manager Dave Jaramillo at 530-628-4206 or david[at]thewatershedcenter.com
Many thanks to The Nature Conservancy, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Firestorm, and local VFDs who’s partnership makes this work possible.