The first Prescribed Fire Councils developed in the Southeast where the ethos and traditions of burning remains strong. However, in recent years numerous other States have developed Prescribed Fire Councils and have been applying, with surprising effectiveness, the lessons learned by these early trail blazing States. These newest additions of Prescribed Fire Councils are making local political gains in the wake of devastating wildfire seasons, applying a thoughtful and direct approach to changing State policies, pulling together Fire Management Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding based on examples from the Southeast, and incorporating culturally relevant fire use practices from Native American Tribes and decedents of European settlers who have maintained a practice of using fire. In this presentation by the Chairperson of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, there will be an opportunity to learn about and share experiences that are defining success among Prescribed Fire Councils.
Jeremy Bailey is the Current Chairperson for the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, as well as serving on the steering committees for both the New Mexico and Northern California Prescribed Fire Councils. Jeremy has also been working to help the development of councils in Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. A career firefighter who has focused his efforts on promoting the use of beneficial fire and helping create enabling conditions for private and government burners- Jeremy has developed and leads an initiative called Training Exchanges which promotes an ‘all hands-all lands’ approach to prescribed fire.