Prescribed burning is a land management tool that benefits the safety of the public, the environment, and the economy of the state. Certification can reduce the liability for those conducting outdoor burning.

GFC instructors will provide instruction on subjects such as fire behavior, fire weather and fire tactics.

Applicants may attend one of several training sessions scheduled throughout the year where they will receive a comprehensive study manual and instruction on subjects such as fire behavior, fire weather and fire tactics. The applicants must pass a written test, have two years of experience and meet a prerequisite of having been the person in charge of five prescribed burns before becoming a certified prescribed burner in Georgia.

Upcoming Certification Training

Georgia Prescribed Fire Manager Certification

December 14 and 15, 2021
Southern Regional Technical College in Thomasville Ga.

Registration is free and is limited to 45 students.

Registration forms will need to be filled out and emailed back to “Harrison, Lacey” <>. The lawful presence affidavit for citizenship form will need to be notarized and brought with you to class.
You will receive further details on the class when the registration form is received. For more information on this class Contact Ken Parker at 478-973-6263.

Helpful Resources

TitleDescriptionDocument Type
Daily Fire Danger Rating Map

Daily updates of fire risks across Georgia

External Website
Fine Fuel Moisture Table

A close estimate of the fine dead fuel moisture (FDFM) on your burn unit any time a FDFM reading is desired

Fire Weather Forecast

Current Fire Weather Forecasts and current National Fire Danger Ratings by GFC Areas

External Website
Georgia Prescribed Burn Laws

Prescribed Burn Laws from the Official Code of Georgia, Section 12-6-90 and Sections 12-6-145 through 12-6-149

External Website
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council

Council for prescribed fire advocacy across the state

External Website
Georgia Prescribed Fire Manager Certification

June 1-2, 2021
Coastal Pines Technical College, Waycross Campus
1701 Carswell Ave
Registration fee: $110
Registration deadline: June 1
Email or call 912-262-4326

Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems

Helpful resource for managers to plan and execute prescribed burns in Southern forests and grasslands

Prescribed Burn Certification Affidavit FormPDF
Prescribed Burn Plan – 2021 Update

A resource for all GFC personnel when conducting prescribed burn assistance for landowners and when conducting prescribed burning on GFC owned lands

Prescribed Burning Brochure

Overview of best practices for preparing a prescribed burn plan

Prescribed Fire – Sprewell Bluff Natural Area

Overview of a prescribed fire near Thomaston, GA conducted by members of an inter-agency burn team

Prescribed Fire in Georgia – A Strategic Plan 2008-2020

Helpful resource for detailed information on prescribed burning

Smoke Management Plan

Georgia’s basic procedures and requirements for managing smoke from prescribed burns

V Smoke

VSmoke-Web is a web-based implementation of VSmoke (Lavdas, 1996) and is designed to assist with planning prescribed burns in the Southern United States.

External Website