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Butte Cal-TREX, Fall 2021

Prescribed Fire Training Exchange

 Chico, CA

Registration is open Sept. 4 - Sept 17th, 2021 - Scroll down to register

Dates: Oct 22-24th, Nov 5-7th, and on- call throughout the fall-winter burn season (November 2021 through February 2022).

Who can participate: The event is for individuals interested in improving their fire knowledge and becoming better practitioners of good fire.  Beginners, non-professionals, and elite fire professionals are all welcome and will benefit from this training exchange.  The event will be focused on local capacity building within Butte and Plumas Counties.

No prior experience or training is necessary. However, individuals are encouraged to complete the basic wildland firefighting NWCG courses S-130, S-190, L-180 and FEMA courses ICS-100 and IS-700. A work capacity test and a practice shelter deployment will be offered during the event for those who need it. Some burning opportunities, including all Forest Service burns, will only be available to participants who have the training listed above  For more information, see the “Basic Wildland Firefighter Training” section below.

Description:  The Butte Cal-TREX training has two parts:

1.) Pre-fire training: over two immersive three-day weekends of fire study. These weekend trainings will focus on building a local prescribed fire crew, and will incorporate hands-on field scenarios, fireline leadership skills, local fire ecology, cultural burning and fire management.  NWCG Course S-219 Firing Operations and the Fireline Refresher RT-130 will also be offered.

Participation in the pre-fire training weekends is highly encouraged, but not mandatory.  If you can attend some, but not all of the training dates, please note this during registration.

Training topics may include:

  • Building a prescribed fire team
  • Operational field scenarios 
  • How to assemble and care for fireline equipment like pumps, hoses, fittings and drip torches.
  • How to take weather and fuel observations
  • Indicators for when a landscape or patch of ground is ready to burn
  • Reading the landscape to tell where fire would be beneficial
  • Understanding some cultural objectives for using fire (e.g., Tribal objectives, pyrosilvicultural objectives)
  • Fire ecology and its interaction with climate science

These weekends are designed to not require live fire, but if an excellent burn window presents itself, we will take advantage of it and burn together to learn together!

2.) On-Call Prescribed Fire Crew: Participants will be on-call for prescribed fire training opportunities through February 2022.  Timing of individual burns will depend on weather windows.  Participants will assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, fire effects monitoring, mop-up, and patrol on prescribed burns. The work will take place in diverse ecosystems, including on private lands and lands managed by the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.


Additional Information:

• All participants must have insurance (e.g., workers’ comp or health) to cover any injury they may sustain during the training exchange.

• Participants should come with all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including fireline-approved boots (all leather work boots, 8-inches tall, non-slip soles, no steel toe), a new generation fire shelter, headlamp, hard hat, Nomex clothing, leather gloves, eye protection, and canteens for drinking water. If you do not have full PPE, we can arrange for you to borrow some. Please indicate your need when you register for the event (registration form at the top of this page).

• There is no registration cost to attend this Cal-TREX event.

Logistics: Most or all meals will be on your own, so expect to bring your own food and water.  All participants are expected to be self-sufficient for a 72 hour period. The most up-to-date Covid-19 safety protocols will be adhered to, including but not limited to mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing.  Participation will be limited to individuals traveling from low-risk areas and/or those willing to practice isolation prior to the training weekend.

Questions: Email Eli Goodsell with any questions at

How to register for TREX:

1. Download this fire training release, sign, and save it to your computer. (You can sign digitally, or you can print & scan. Most file types OK to upload- .pdf, .png, .jpg)2. Download this model release, sign it, and save it to your computer3. Download this media release, sign it, and save it.

 You'll re-upload these three forms in the next step.

4. Now, you are ready to REGISTER for TREX here!




Basic Wildland Firefighter Training Options to meet NWCG standards for Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)

(also known as “Basic 32 Classes” or “Red Card”)

-----In Person Option-----

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves, in partnership with The Watershed Research and Training Center, is hosting an in-person Basic Wildland Firefighter Training over two consecutive weekends in the beginning of October.  There are limited seats available, so please inquire about this ASAP if you are interested. 


-----Self-Study Online Option------

  • There are five classes (S-130, S-190, L-180, IS-100, IS-700).
  • These courses will take approximately 30 hours to complete. 
  • The first three NWCG classes can be found online at  You will need to find these classes in the list and follow them to their online delivery. 
  • The IS-100 is here
  • The IS-700 here
  • The last two classes are FEMA classes, so you will be prompted to create a FEMA SID (student identification number).  You will also be asked for a DOMAIN, please select NWCG. There is nothing to it, just follow the steps and it will generate your number and send you back to the main page.
  • Once you have completed the classes and pass the quizzes, it will generate a certificate for each class. Please save these in your personal files for the rest of your career!  Documentation of your trainings is very important.  You will also be prompted to submit these certificates during the registration process for the event.

**In addition to the Basic 32 online classes, you will need a field day, a shelter deployment, and an arduous pack test.  If you attend the Cal-TREX event, we can make sure you receive this additional training. 


To Stay "Current" in your Qualification:

  • You will need to complete the RT-130 annually.  This is a 1/2 day worth of training.
  • You will need to deploy a practice shelter once a year (usually done at the RT-130).
  • You will need to take the arduous level work capacity test every year.
  • You will need to participate in a prescribed fire or wildfire within 5 years of taking the Basic wildland firefighting classes.