NC Prescribed Fire Training

Montgomery Community College's Prescribed Fire Training Center works with the NC Forest Service offering courses to support natural resource management specifically in the areas of the use of prescribed fire and/or wildland firefighting suppression.

For upcoming NC Prescribed Fire Training please contact PFTC Coordinator Gary Curcio at 252-624-7635 or by email





2017 Upcoming Courses

NC Certified Burner Training - January 17-18, 2017
Lillington Agricultural Center in Harnett County
Registration deadline January 3, 2017 - REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

NC Certified Burner Training - February 13-14, 2017
Carthage Agricultural Center in Moore County
Registration deadline February 1, 2017

Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling for NC Prescribed Burns - January 30 - February 1, 2017
Montgomery Community College
Registration deadline January 15, 2017 - REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

NC Certified Burner Training

Prescribed is a mix of science, experience, and art. Blending these aspects for forestry burners is an involved endeavor. This two-day school will include a field trip. Day one: Class room material will be presented and will cover: the NC Prescribed Burn Act, seather, fuels, topography, fire danger rating,
managing your smoke, firing techniques, and burning plan and evaluation of the burn. Day two includes: a field trip to various burns, an in-class review, and testing on what has been covered.
For those interested in burning their woodland, the training covers information that needs to be considered for successfully conducting a prescribed burn. If it is one’s goal to become a NC Certified Burner, this training is the first step that needs to be completed. Becoming an NC Certified Burner is a five-step process.
School registration is being handled by the NC Forest Service. Depending on which training site and/or month you prefer, you will need to select “only one session” and complete your registration online. The form can be easily accessed and needs to be completed by the Registration Deadline that is posted for each class location.

Special Notes:
1. There is an associated cost for this training. It is $25.00 per person to be paid by cash or check on the first day of class.
2. Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits will be available.
3. Applicants who have specific questions concerning the training or require additional information can direct their inquiries to NC Forest Service Training Officer James Rogers. He can be reached at (919)-857-4850 or by email Or by contacting Montgomery Community College Prescribed Fire Training Center Coordinator, Gary Curcio. He can be reached at 252-624-7635 or by email
4. The Ag Center addresses and office numbers are being provided for your convenience.

Harnett County Cooperative Extension Center
126 Alexander Drive
Lillington, NC 27546
Office Telephone: (910) 893-7530

Moore Cooperative Extension Center
707 Pinehurst Ave
Carthage, NC 28327
Office Telephone: (910) 947-3188

Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling for NC Prescribed Burns

Prerequisite Experience: Prescribed fire experience and knowledge of a smoke management program are required. Working knowledge of Arc Map 9.0 or greater and RX-410 Smoke Management Techniques are preferred.

Workshop Activities: The workshop will focus on the use of models such as the Fire Emission Production Simulator (FEPS), DIGITAL PHOTOSERIES or other fuels information, PC-VSMOKE, VSMOKE Web and PC-HYSPLIT. VSMOKE and HYSPLIT are atmospheric dispersion models that have been evaluated for use under the NC Smoke Management Program. The use of each model and its limitations will be discussed. PC-HYSPLIT will be demonstrated to workshop participants. Prior to workshop attendance VSMOKE Web will be introduced through required pre-work and reviewed at the workshop. There will be several exercises designed for participants to establish and reinforce a working knowledge of the use of FEPS and HYSPLIT. These tools can assist in making Go/No-go decisions for prescribed fire or to assess smoke impacts from prescribed fires or wildland fire. Workshop participants are required to bring spatial data sets and/or information for one project on which they are currently working. This project will be used as part of their training and can serve as one of the required ADM runs to perform in achieving ADM certification.

Length: 18 total hours over three days - Monday, 1 - 5 PM; Tuesday, 8 AM - 5 PM; Wednesday, 8 AM - 3 PM. Instructors will be available for evening assistance either at MCC or at place of lodging.

Credits: Continuing forestry education (CFE) hours are currently being requested and with successful completion 14.0 CFE Category 1 hours can be earned.

Instructors: NC Forest Service, US Forest Service and MCC PFTC Coordinator

Registration: Please click below to register. For more information please contact PFTC Coordinator Gary Curcio at 252-624-7635 or by email Registration deadline is January 15, 2017.

Registration Form