In Spring of 2016 the Watershed Center hosted Trinity County’s first volunteer fire department prescribed fire training.

We trained 22 participants from the Hayfork, Junction City, and Post Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as X members of the Watershed Center’s own field crew in the basics of prescribed fire. The two-day event included lecture, hands-on training, and implementation on 7 acres.

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Keith Rohrs from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service briefing participants about prescribed fire weather conditions.

Collaboratively designed by Watershed Center staff, partners, and VFD fire chiefs, the training provided an introduction to the essential components of prescribed fire, including fire ecology, weather observations and measurements, site prep, and implementation, while also helping VFDs to better understand the value of prescribed fire for landscape health, fire preparedness, and fire safety.

A huge success, this event was our debut effort to provide training tailored for Trinity County VFDs. Integrating prescribed fire into the skillset of local volunteer fire departments helps create local capacity for fire management, creating a safer and more fire-adapted community, and also provides skills that offer them new work opportunities.

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Firestorm staff briefing training participants about plans to hold the fire line.

We are excited to develop local capacity around fire management that will keep our community and lands safe. Our vision is to create a community and landscape that is fire-adapted—planning for good fire and community safety while reducing the risk of large-scale wildfire.

If you are interested in attending or hosting a training, get in touch with our Fire, Fuels, and Forestry program manager Dave Jaramillo: 530-628-4206 or david@thewatershedcenter.com

Many thanks to our event partners The Nature Conservancy, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Firestorm, and our local VFDs.