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

TitleDescriptionAudienceDocument Type
Prescribed Fire Certification Course – Coastal Pines Technical College

Date: December 7 – 8, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Location: 1777 W Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545

                  Building #4000

Registration is now open. If previously registered and cannot make it, please inform the school so the slot can be opened back up.

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Prescribed Fire Certification Course – Carrolton, Ga.

Date: October 11 – 12, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Location: Carroll Campus, Room 116, 500 Technology Parkway, Carrollton, GA 30117

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Helpful Resources

TitleDescriptionAudienceDocument Type
Daily Fire Danger Rating Map

Daily updates of fire risks across Georgia

Community Planner, Homeowner, LandownerExternal 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

GFC Staff, Homeowner, LandownerPDF
Fire Weather Forecast

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

Community Planner, Homeowner, LandownerExternal 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

Community Planner, GFC Staff, Homeowner, LandownerExternal Website
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council

Council for prescribed fire advocacy across the state

Homeowner, LandownerExternal Website
Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems

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

Homeowner, LandownerPDF
NORTH GEORGIA BURN BAN BOOSTS AIR QUALITY

On May 1, an outdoor burn ban will begin in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. Affected residents are asked to refrain from burning yard and land clearing debris, whose smoke can negatively impact the state’s air quality during the hot summer months by contributing to high ozone levels. These conditions have been linked to lung and heart disease in humans. Please see this .pdf for more details.

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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

GFC StaffPDF
Prescribed Burning Brochure

Overview of best practices for preparing a prescribed burn plan

Homeowner, LandownerPDF
Prescribed Fire – Sprewell Bluff Natural Area

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

GFC Staff, Homeowner, LandownerVideo
Prescribed Fire Certification Course – Carrolton, Ga.

Date: October 11 – 12, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Location: Carroll Campus, Room 116, 500 Technology Parkway, Carrollton, GA 30117

Click this resource for more information.

External Website
Prescribed Fire Certification Course – Coastal Pines Technical College

Date: December 7 – 8, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Location: 1777 W Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545

                  Building #4000

Registration is now open. If previously registered and cannot make it, please inform the school so the slot can be opened back up.

External Website
Prescribed Fire in Georgia – A Strategic Plan 2008-2020

Helpful resource for detailed information on prescribed burning

Homeowner, LandownerPDF
Smoke Management Plan

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

Homeowner, LandownerPDF
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.

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