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





2017-2018 Upcoming Courses

NC Certified Burner Training – January 23-24, 2018
Fayetteville Agricultural Center in Cumberland County
Registration deadline January 8, 2018

Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling for NC Prescribed Burns - January 29-31, 2018
Montgomery Community College Blair Auditorium in Troy, NC
Registration deadline January 15, 2018
Please call Gary M. Crucio for information about late registration requests: 252-624-7635

NC Certified Burner Training - February 15-16, 2018
Scotland County Co-Op Ext Services Laurinburg, NC
Registration deadline February 1, 2018



NC Certified Burner Training

The effective application of Prescribed Fire is accomplished through a mix of science and experience. Blending these aspects by forestry burners is an involved endeavor. This two-day training includes classroom presentations and a field trip. Day one is spent in the classroom and covers such topics as NC Prescribed Burn Act, Weather, Fuels, Topography, Fire Danger Rating, Managing Your Smoke, Firing Techniques, and Preparing a Burning Plan & Evaluating your Burn. Day two includes a field trip to various burn sites and an in-class review and test on the information presented.

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 in a multiple step process. Becoming a NC Certified Burner is a five-step process.

School registration is being handled by the NC Forest Service. Depending on which training session and/or month you prefer, you will need to select that one session and complete your registration online.

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 James Rogers. He can be reached at 919-857-4850 or by email at . An alternate contact is Gary Curcio, Montgomery Community College Prescribed Fire Training Center Coordinator. Gary can be reached at 252-624-7635 or by email at

Certified Burner Registration Form

Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling for NC Prescribed Burns

Prerequisite Experience: Prescribed fire experience and knowledge of NC Smoke Management Program. This will be examined during the review of the registration form in particularly the Experience and Purpose of Attendance Statement.

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. PC-HYSPLIT and PB -Piedmont. 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 and worked at the training.

Prior to workshop attendance, VSMOKE Web and PB-Piedmont will be introduced through required pre-work and then reviewed at the workshop. There will be several exercises designed for participants to establish and reinforce a working knowledge of the use of FEPS, PC-HYSPLIT, VSMOKE Web and PB-Piedmont. 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 information for one project that they are currently working on. This project will be used as part of their training towards ADM certification.

Length of Training: Total training time is 22 hours. Pre-work hours is estimated at 4 hours and classroom work is estimated at 18 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 their place of lodging.

Credits: Continuing forestry education (CFE) hours are currently being requested and with successful completion at least an estimated 19 CFE Category 1 hours can be possibly 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 at Registration deadline is January 15, 2018.




The NC State Climate Office (NCSCO), Montgomery Community College Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC), Southern Fire Exchange (SFE) and NWCG Smoke Committee (SmoC) have teamed up to present an update of the Fire Weather Intelligence Portal . This valued information is being expanding beyond North Carolina to all 13 southern states in the US. The information to be presented and packaged on fire weather and fire danger rating has regional and when considered, national applicability. It provides key information in promoting the successful application and use of prescribed fire and in assessing smoke impacts generated from wildland fire smoke. It is another tool in the tool box for wildland fire practitioners and air quality managers.

The Fire Weather Intelligence Portal Webinar will be a two-hour webinar including time for questions and answers. It will also be archived for future viewing. Continuing forestry education credits (CFEs) will be offered contingent on participating for a required amount of time and passing a short quiz. Two Category 1 CFEs are being requested and applied for this training. Registration will be via the internet once a URL is created for this webinar in cooperation with the Southern Fire Exchange.

Registration Form