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What’s your fire angle?

What motivates you to work in fire? How in the world did you come to work with fire, study fire, or otherwise be mesmerized by it? Do you like fire because of the adrenalin factor, the danger? Do you work in fire because you love grasslands and fire is just part of it? Do you like fire because it reminds you of those camping trips as a kid where you ate s’mores and roasted hot dogs over the fire? Do you like fire because [insert your favorite species here] needs it to survive? Do you like fire because others fear it? Do you work in fire because if we don’t learn to live with it, wildfire could devastate your favorite places? Do you work in fire because you want to protect the people and places you love?

For these reasons and more, the fire community in the Great Plains is passionate about fire. Our job is to provide sound information to assist you in these endeavors. Fire ecology research that describes the role of fire in habitat and community management, science related to communicating about fire, information related to operations, smoke management, and public acceptance. Tell us what information you need and we’ll dig it up, synthesize it, and share it. If you have produced information that is valuable, even vital, to the fire community we’ll help get the word out.

If I am at all representative of the fire community (right, so that’s a stretch for this odd ball writer), there are multiple reasons any one of us in the field (or fields) works with fire. Personally, I’d say that fire is just plain cool, there’s something about it that is difficult to explain.. Ultimately, I love grassland and fire is just part of it. It’s mesmerizing, rejuvenating, and mysterious.

I always get sideways, curious looks when I tell people what I do for a living, but that is just an opportunity to educate and inspire. It’s fun to watch students, adults and children alike, play with my matchstick forests, count sticks to assess fuel loads, and burn hog pans full of wet and dry fuel during workshops. Who knows where these little lessons will take people, but I guarantee they enjoyed the opportunity.

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Guide to sandbox training

A sandbox can be used as a teaching tool for prescribed burning education. Often learning is best achieved when participants can visually work out a procedure rather than simply discussing it.

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Prescribed rangeland burning education

The course is divided into seven educational sections with a wrap-up section at the end. Each section includes reading materials, activities, and videos. You can complete the sections in any order. Upon successful completion of all sections and passing the comprehensive quiz at the end, you will receive a certificate for the Prescribed Rangeland Burning course. You will also be ready to attend a hands-on burning workshop.

Basic Prescribed Fire Training is an online course for landowners, land managers, state/federal agency personnel. In this course participants will develop a basic knowledge of the use, application and effects of prescribed fire.

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Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy

The Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy operates at Arkansas Tech University. With an average attendance of over 300 students, the academy strives to meet the diverse needs of all firefighters by providing a well-rounded, safe and welcoming learning environment. Our mission is to enhance the abilities and skills of each firefighter in attendance.

This year the academy is offering courses for wildland firefighters from all wildland fire agencies ranging from 4 to 40 hours in length. Each course is taught by instructors from state and federal agencies, allowing the academy to provide unique experiences as well as a wealth of professional knowledge and abilities to each course.

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National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center

The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners. Participants will have the opportunity to complete portions of their National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) approved prescribed fire task books under the guidance of invited training specialists.

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Midwest Wildfire Training Academy

The Midwest Wildfire Training Academy (MWTA) is held in Jefferson City, Missouri each June. Emergency responders and wildland firefighters can focus on developing the practical skills training they need in their professions.

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Training for monitoring software

Monitoring your management treatments, including fire, is important. Monitoring helps you to understand if your treatments have allowed you to reach your goals.

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Online fire education at the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho now offers 14 online courses in Fire Ecology and Management, including many graduate courses. Students can complete a Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) with an emphasis in Fire Ecology, entirely online. The MNR program is for designed for working professionals. It is course-based, requiring 30 credits and a professional project.