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

Contact the hosting venue to register for a Prescribed Burn Certification Training class.

Buena Vista, GA
April 17 & 18, 2020
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Registration Contact:
RT Lumpkin
(478) 957-0307

Mt. Berry, GA
May 28 & 29, 2020
More Info & Online Registration

Helpful Resources

TitleDescriptionDocument Type
Daily Fire Danger Rating MapDaily updates of fire risks across GeorgiaExternal Website
Fine Fuel Moisture TableA close estimate of the fine dead fuel moisture (FDFM) on your burn unit any time a FDFM reading is desiredPDF
Fire Weather ForecastCurrent Fire Weather Forecasts and current National Fire Danger Ratings by GFC AreasExternal Website
Georgia Prescribed Burn LawsPrescribed Burn Laws from the Official Code of Georgia, Section 12-6-90 and Sections 12-6-145 through 12-6-149External Website
Georgia Prescribed Fire CouncilCouncil for prescribed fire advocacy across the stateExternal Website
Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern EcosystemsHelpful resource for managers to plan and execute prescribed burns in Southern forests and grasslandsPDF
Prescribed Burn Certification Affidavit FormPDF
Prescribed Burn PlanA resource for all GFC personnel when conducting prescribed burn assistance for landowners and when conducting prescribed burning on GFC owned landsPDF
Prescribed Burning BrochureOverview of best practices for preparing a prescribed burn planPDF
Prescribed Fire – Sprewell Bluff Natural AreaOverview of a prescribed fire near Thomaston, GA conducted by members of an inter-agency burn teamVideo
Prescribed Fire Certification Training (Buena Vista – April 2020)PDF
Prescribed Fire in Georgia – A Strategic Plan 2008-2020Helpful resource for detailed information on prescribed burningPDF
Smoke Management PlanGeorgia's basic procedures and requirements for managing smoke from prescribed burnsPDF