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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 and everyone has something to learn. 

PBA News:

"Air Quality Demystified" webinar with Ursula Parker of the Butte County Air Quality Management District is available to watch here

A 4-day festival of biochar is coming to Butte County! Learn how to burn piles almost smoke-free and create yards and yards of super-stable pyrogenic carbon (a.k.a. biochar) that will contribute to soil health on your land for literally thousands of years to come!  Click here to see the schedule of events and register for up to all four days. The Jan. 27 online symposium costs $50 but the three FIELD days (Feb 1-3) are free!

We have a ton of community burns and burn prep days planned throughout fall-winter 2021-22, so don't miss out!  To make sure you hear about every burn opportunity, please sign up for Good Fire Newsletters here. If you're wondering if you can still get in on any of the special fire trainings being held as part of Butte TREX, sign up here.  To watch a great 12-minute video about what a landowner burn is like, click here.

2021 was a super successful first season of burning for our PBA. In spring, 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.  In fall, we held 4 more burns and got amazing training through #ButteTREX and 2 subsequent burn planning workshops. We will continue to put on great burn planning trainings, fire weather classes, and field tours.  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: although we connect you with educators and mentors, 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!