Rx Burn School focuses on prescribed fire
LITTLE ROCK – Fifty students from cooperating agencies participated in the 2019 Arkansas Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool Course from Sept. 23-27 at Joseph T. Robinson Arkansas Army National Guard training facility. The course, taught by instructors from participating agencies and organized by the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council, has been held since 1997.
The course, commonly known as Rx Burn School, allows students to take part in classroom instruction that fosters knowledge of burn planning and implementation, forest management, firefighting and conservation. Hands-on practical experience is gained when students complete outdoor prescribed burns in wooded and grassy sites under the supervision of cadre members. The information and skill gained through the course is then tested, covering specific details regarding prescribed burn plans, weather factors and influences, safety protocols, public engagement and liability, and more. Students are required to pass the comprehensive exam before they are qualified to oversee prescribed burns for their respective agencies.
Participating agencies in the Prescribed Fire Council and annual Rx Burn School include: Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Forestry Division, Arkansas Forestry Association, Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment – Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism - Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Weather Service, Resource Management Service, The Nature Conservancy, Central Arkansas Water, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Fire and Land Management, Arkansas State Parks, Quail Forever, Camp Joseph T. Robinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and state, federal, and private partners in conservation and fire.