CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST
RX FIRE

“Every acre in California will burn one day…”

Tom Porter           CALFIRE  DIRECTOR

Secretary Speaker Series             October 19, 2021

LEARNING TO BURN SAFELY
MEANS TRAINING TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS

Burn Safely Before The Big One Comes

Fire dependent landscapes burn frequently.
Cultural burning by ancestral tribes historically maintained a fire frequency of every 1 to 7 years in much of California. California landscape ecology depends on low intensity intentional fires to maintain healthy watersheds and fire safe communities. Prescribed burning does not prevent or eliminate wildfires.
Low intensity cultural prescribed burning removes excess fuel loads and reduces wildfire flame length and intensities to improve protection and survivability of firefighters, people, property, and wildlife. Cultural fire practice education and training, State and Federal certification, and mentored performance qualification of tribal citizens and other qualified participants increases the number of Fire Stewardship and skilled prescribed fire practitioners available as part of the solution needed to build statewide prescribed fire capacity and provide necessary community fire protection.

Increasing Prescribed Fire

Over 4 million acres burned annually in California from lightning and indigenous tribal burning before full suppression started over 100 years ago.

Suppressing all fires isn't working. Wildfires are overwhelming the firefighting capacity of the fire service. More lives, homes, and entire cities and towns are being lost. Fire hazard reduction activities and Cultural Prescribed Burning is increasing as CALFIRE, federal and local agencies, California fire departments, tribes, private landowners, Prescribed Fire Councils, and Prescribed Burn Associations work to improve fire management skills, wildfire resilience, and citizen and firefighter safety.
We need to create fire resilient communities both human and biological using proactive burning before The Big One comes. Public support for increased prescribed burning, especially during appropriate times during the year around fire season is critical. You are part of the solution!

GET INVOLVED

GOOD FIRE workshops are offered throughout the Central Coast.  Upcoming events are in the works in the Greater Bay Area and other locations to be announced.

The Tamien Nation Fire Stewardship Program is planning future cultural fire workshops and prescribed fire training burns that demonstrate skills and apply Traditional Enviromental Knowledge (TEK).

Our work in progress is the establishment of a California Prescribed Fire Academy designed to train, mentor and qualify native California Certified Burn Boss candidates and Prescribed Fire Burn Crews to the highest standard in the art of safe Cultural Burning and smoke management in the California landscape.

Living
with fire:

COMMUNITIES
TRIBES
AGENCIES
TOGETHER

           

            

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

MONTEZUMA CA 219 IGNITION OPERATIONS JUNE 2-5, 2022.

Training to manage fire under all conditions. 

Operational briefing by Pat Shreffler Operations Section Chief, 

Safety Briefing by Steve Davis, Safety Officer.

10 California Fire Departments and Tamien Nation Fire Program in attendance.

Special thanks to Montezuma Fire Department,

State Fire Training qualified CA 219 Master Instructors, and Cooperators!

Steve Davis RXB Safety Officer, Nico Costillas Tamien Nation Firefighter 2, Joe Rawitzer RXB Field Observer