OUR MISSION

PRINCIPLES

Improve community fire safety, protection, resilience, and sustainability.

Increase the pace and scale and capacity of the responsible use of cultural prescribed fire in California’s fire-adapted and fire-dependent landscapes.

Promote ethical practices.

Provide Prescribed Fire Burn Boss mentorship and training on ancestral native lands.

Actively engage in the conduct and management of safe Cultural Burn fire prescriptions.

Promote public understanding and acceptance of the ecological benefits, wildfire protection value, and cultural importance and benefits of prescribed burning.

Facilitate educational fire and smoke management programs with live fire safety training to Indian tribes, land managers, agencies, private landowners, and students.

Work with CALFIRE, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and local government fire and land management agencies, to determine safe prescribed burn windows throughout the year, and during fire season when conditions are right and firefighter and prescribed fire resource staffing is adequate.

The History

Indigenous burning over thousands of years and ranch rangeland control burns in the 20th century helped keep low intensity wildfires and biological balance in much of California’s landscape.

Ancestral fire wisdom, veteran experience and skill, and traditional cultural practices show us the way to ignite Good Fire at the right time and right place…when conditions are right…restoring community health, balance, and resilience while protecting species, both human and biological, in today’s complex  fire environment.

The Central Coast Rx Fire Council was founded on the legacy of indigenous burning practices and the private ranches of California, and the Monterey county, San Benito county, and Santa Clara county Burn Associations who conducted cooperative controlled burns, annually treating up to a combined total of 60,000 acres each year from 1945 until the early 1970’s.

As a point of interest, private landowner and Esselen tribal native Fred Nason Jr, and the Lopez brothers, United States Forest Service firefighters on the Los Padres National Forest, all regularly ignited ecological free burns in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range back country every Fall until they were ordered to stop or be arrested in the early 1970’s.

Hazardous fire fuel loads are increasing with the absence of fire. Over-mature, dead, and diseased forest fire fuels are the root of the high intensity wildfires we see today. Climate change is not the cause, but an aggravating factor contributing to massive uncontrolled conflagrations.

The natural role of low intensity fire has been interrupted. Prescribed fire is necessary now

Safe burn prescription windows occur year around and during fire season.

Our Core Values

As qualified Prescribed Fire Burn Bosses (RXB) and retired veterans of the California Fire Service, the United States Forest Service, and CALFIRE, we teach, train, and mentor individuals and burn teams in the essence of fire behavior awareness, cultural traditions, proven techniques, acquired critical skills, first hand knowledge of fire fuels, smoke management, and weather-based decision  considerations necessary for the management of safe prescribed control burns in California’s complex forest, range, and high value urban interface wildlands.

The Ten Standard Firefighting Orders are the fundamental foundation of Basic Wildland Fire training:

1.  Keep informed  on fire weather conditions and forecasts.

2.  Know what your fire is doing at all times.  Use scouts.

3.  Base all action on current or expected behavior of the fire.

4.  Have escape routes and make them known.

5.  Post a lookout when there is possible danger.

6.  Stay alert. Keep calm. Think clearly. Act decisively.

7.  Give clear instructions and be sure they are understood.

8.  Maintain prompt communication with your men, your boss, and your adjoining forces.

9.  Maintain control of your forces at all times.

10.  Fight fire aggressively but provide for safety first.

“We have to be fighting them and we have to be lighting them at the same time!” 

United States Forest Service Deputy Regional Chief