Georgia Prescribed Fire Council
Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils

 

Twenty-first century prescribed fire managers face new and increasingly complex challenges. If the concerns and misapprehensions that generate those challenges are not responded to in a collaborative manner they might limit or threaten the use of prescribed fire as a management tool. Concerns about public safety and health, ecological stewardship, liability, public education, and air quality regulation are greater than any one agency or state can address.  To more effectively address the issues and to better meet these challenges, a diverse group of public and private leaders has formed a Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils. In 2008, a newly formed Governing Board was created which assumed the roles and responsibilities to formally establish the Coalition.

 

The Coalition’s core mission is to promote the appropriate use of prescribed fire for enhancing public safety, managing resources, and sustaining environment quality. In addition, the Coalition encourages and facilitates the organization of prescribed fire councils in states that lack active councils. Partnering the existing twenty-six councils’ efforts, which represent twelve million acres of annual prescribed fire use, has created a forum to voice and address issues of national concern. The Coalition’s work facilitates communication among interested parties in the field of prescribed fire, provides a focal point for sharing ideas and information, and creates opportunities for prescribed fire collaboration.

For more information, please contact mark.melvin@jonesctr.org and visit the Coalition website.



On October 29, EPA hosted a conference call with the Coalition to receive input on the revision of the Interim Air Quality Policy on Wildland and Prescribed Fire. Thirty councils participated and represented over 12 million acres of annual prescribed fire use. Below are the notes taken during the call and the Coalition's written comments that were submitted to EPA.

Conference Call Notes

Coalitions's Written Comments to EPA

Guide to Smoke Management

Due to recent EPA revisions to the daily Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) Standards under the Clean Air Act, the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils has prepared a guide to identify current challenges that face both prescribed fire practitioners and air quality managers. The guide describes how they can best work together to make sure that healthy ecosystems along with public health and safety are protected now and for future generations and is intended to serve as a reference for Prescribed Fire Councils and their members to aid states in developing smoke management programs (SMP). An SMP establishes a basic framework of procedures and requirements for managing smoke from fires managed for resource benefits. The purposes of SMPs are to mitigate the nuisance and public safety hazards (e.g., on roadways and at airports) posed by smoke intrusions into populated areas; to prevent deterioration of air quality and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) violations; and to address visibility impacts in mandatory Class I Federal areas.

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