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Prescribed Burning Short Course

Four times a year, the Mississippi Forestry Commission offers the Prescribed Burning Short Course. This course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi.

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.

Instructions on how to register for and complete the S-190 course can be found here.


2021 Prescribed Burning Short Course Sessions

January 20, 2021 (one day only)Registration Closed
Hilton Garden Inn – Starkville, MS
8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Max Registration: 25 Students

February 2, 2021 (one day only)
MSU Extension Service Building – Pontotoc, MS
8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Max Registration: 25 Students

February 16, 2021 (one day only)
The Mattox Center (also known as the “Events Center”)– Grenada, MS
8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Max Registration: 30 Students

March 2, 2021 (one day only)
Hilton Garden Inn – Hattiesburg, MS
8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Max Registration: 15 Students

Cost: $250.00 per participant

About the Prescribed Burning Short Course

Three times per year, the Mississippi Forestry Commission offers the Prescribed Burning Short Course. The Prescribed Burning Short Course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi.

Upon completion of the Prescribed Burning Short Course, participants will  qualify to take the Mississippi Certified Prescribed Burn Manager exam on the last day of the course.

During the workshop participants will be introduced to several aspects of Prescribed Burning. Participants do not conduct a Prescribed Burn during the workshop. 

Prescribed Burning Short Course Requirements

To become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager through the Prescribed Burning Short Course participants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Write a Prescribed Burning Plan and present information on Smoke Screening.
  2. Pass the final exam with a score of 80 or higher on the last day of the course.

Once these requirements have been met, participants will be issued a certificate of completion.

The group will visit two sites at the end of the workshop and asked to write a Prescribed Burning Plan based on the information that they have learned during the course. It is important that attendees bring proper footwear for walking in a wooded area.

During this course, participants will learn:

  • State laws regarding personal liability in applying a prescribed fire
  • Benefits, limitations, and risk of applying prescribed fire
  • Forest fuels and fuel classifications
  • How weather and fuel moisture affect fire behavior
  • A variety of ignition techniques
  • Methods for managing smoke
  • How to write a prescribed burning plan
  • How to properly plan and execute a prescribed burn

Space for the workshop is limited, and registration is REQUIRED. Upon completion of the Prescribed Burning Short Course participants will qualify to take the Mississippi Certified Burn Manager exam on the last day of the course; Registered Foresters will earn CFE credit.

Registration Information

For additional information about the Prescribed Burning Short Course, contact:

Allen Stroud
MFC Safety and Training Coordinator
(769) 798-2597
astroud@mfc.ms.gov