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MFC announces 2021 dates for Prescribed Burning Short Course

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has announced dates for the 2021 Prescribed Burning Short Course. The Prescribed Burning Short Course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Burn Manager in Mississippi.

Four sessions will be offered across the state in 2021.

  • January 20 – Hilton Garden Inn, Starkville – Registration closed
  • February 2 – MSU Extension Service Building, Pontotoc
  • February 16 – The Mattox Center, Grenada
  • March 2 – Hilton Garden Inn, Hattiesburg

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MFC has condensed the Prescribed Burning Short Course to a one-day session. However, all students attending a one-day Prescribed Burning Short Course session must complete the online delivery of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) course “S-190 – Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior” prior to attending their scheduled session. Students must bring the S-190 Certificate of Completion to the Prescribed Burning Short Course on their date of attendance.

Upon completion of the Prescribed Burning Short Course, participants will qualify to take the Mississippi Certified Prescribed Burn Manager exam. Registered Foresters will earn CFE credit.

In the hands of a Certified Burn Manager, prescribed burning is a safe way to apply a natural process to manage forestland. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction and wildlife habitat improvement.

There is limited capacity and registration is required. Applicants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the Prescribed Burning Short Course or to register for a session, click here.