In the Great Plains, it is a challenge to know how much fire is occurring. Large amounts of burning are done on private land as well as properties belonging to state and other organizations, and all use disparate tracking systems. Information on the number of burns conducted, acres burned, safety records, and more can improve how funding, training, and resources are allocated to burning in the region.
The Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association has developed an online data portal that is available to landowners using prescribed fire in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas. All burners can use the form provided on the OKPBA website to enter information about burns they have conducted. The data are confidential--no names or exact locations are specified in the forms. The application managers will be able to report their findings to the regional burn alliance and others for the benefit of prescribed fire in the Great Plains.
Access the form here: Prescribed Burn Entry Form.
**Download the 2016 data summary report >pdf