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Prescribed Burn Association

"Neighbors helping neighbors put good fire on the ground": that's what the Butte Prescribed Burn Association is all about! Fire at the right time and place keeps forests and pastures healthy, and when we take charge of fire we build community and heal from the wildfire traumas of our past.  We are hill people and flatlanders, experienced fire professionals and total beginners, from all walks of life, ages 9 to 92. Everyone has something to contribute to a burn and something to learn. 

Our PBA is done burning for spring 2021, but we have a ton of community burns and burn prep days planned throughout fall-winter 2021-22, so don't miss out!  Check out upcoming events and sign up for newsletters!

2021 was a super successful first season of burning for our PBA. We held four training burns (plus 3 prep days), providing hands-on good fire experience to 75 local Butte County residents who contributed a collective 700 hours of volunteer time to reduce fuels on 21 strategic acres around the community of Forest Ranch.  For 2021-22, we have big plans for expanding to Cohasset and beyond, getting more equipment like radios, hiring more staff and helping to put on even bigger trainings that will come with job advancement certificates for those who want to take their fire skills pro.  We will continue to partner with CAL FIRE, the Fire Safe Councils, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, the Plumas Underburn Co-operative , the CA Department of Conservation, and anyone else who wants to help us revitalize a rural culture of fire!

Do you want good fire on your land? Email and we'll help you get there.

Gentle smoke rises from very low flame creeping through an open blue oak woodland.
Gentle blue oak woodland burns are a great way to spend a mellow February day.




More about prescribed fire....

Burning your own lands is legal and it has many benefits for your livestock, for wildlife habitat, and for your family's safety.  It's your right as a landowner.  If you need help getting that first burn pulled together, the RCD is here to make it easier for you. Because if more people in Butte County knew how to burn their lands and did it regularly, we'd all be safer and better off.


What a PBA can do for you  

  • Help you figure out what permits you need and how to get them
  • Serve as neighborhood hub for tips and tricks
  • Offer a trailer full of burn tools and gear you can borrow 
  • Offer training opportunities suited to your needs, whether it's the basics or an elite course. 
  • Have a schedule of work parties, tours, and workshops
  • Connect you with neighbors who can help you burn (and do the prep work) --  Many hands make light work!


What a PBA can't do    A PBA doesn't take away your liability. That always rests with the landowner -- as it should, since the landowner is the one getting the biggest benefit from the burn.  A PBA is also not a full-service burn outfit: the landowner still needs to hire a burn boss if they want one.  However, we're just getting started, and who knows what we'll come up with together in the future to make burning easier and safer in our communities!




Check out the California PBA page, - lots of inspiration and resources here​​!

Download a simple burn plan that works for most landowners. The PBA can help you develop your map, burn prescription, etc. , or you can work directly with CAL FIRE and do it on your own.Download a longer burn plan template that works for more complex burns"Liability Explainer": What Happens If Something Goes Wrong During A Burn or Burn Prep


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PBA members walk the land together and talk good fire. Big Chico Cr canyon, 2020.


If you're not an experienced burner, planning your first burn can seem almost impossible. But the PBA is here to help.  In a year or two or three, you'll be a seasoned burner giving advice to newcomers. 






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Forest Ranch resident Anasuya Basil puts good fire on the ground as part of a PBA burn on Doe Mill Ridge.  Come learn and burn with us: We will train you!