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SREF & partners release new guidebook for prescribed burning in the south

Image of the cover of the Guidebook for Prescribed Burning, against a solid orange background. The cover image includes a photo of a prescribed burn being conducted among pine trees. A slight haze of smoke lingers in the air.

A team of forestry Extension professionals from Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF), North Carolina State University (NCSU), University of Georgia (UGA), Auburn University, The Nature Conservancy, Piedmont Council, and the Alachua Conservation Trust have recently released the “Guidebook for Prescribed Burning in the Southern Region.” The guidebook is designed to help prescribed burners of all experience levels set and meet their goals.

Written by a team of Forestry Extension professionals from across the South, and reviewed by nearly 50 prescribed burning experts, Extension personnel, state forestry agency personnel, and fire scientists, the guidebook presents fire concepts in an easy-to-read manner. The many diagrams and pictures found throughout the book illustrate and simplify fire concepts from wind direction to atmospheric conditions, firing techniques and more.

The guidebook walks readers through the processes involved in planning, preparing for and conducting a prescribed burn. The guidebook’s four action chapters (Getting Started, Planning, Conducting and Evaluating) start with checklists followed by detailed information on each action item. The guidebook’s four informational chapters provide more details about key prescribed burning concepts including weather, smoke management, fuel and fire behavior.

Download a digital PDF copy of the guidebook below and/or request to be notified when printed spiral-bound copies are available for purchase through UGA Extension Publications. For questions about about the guidebook, please contact Leslie Boby