The Mission of the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council is to protect, conserve, and expand the safe use of prescribed fire on the Michigan landscape.

The Michigan Prescribed Fire Council was formed to bring together practitioners, guides, and students of prescribed fire to provide a network through which information could be disseminated, partnerships could form and the use of prescribed fire would be protected. This site holds much information, and questions are always welcomed if you can’t find what you need here.


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2014 Annual Meeting Update

SEPTEMBER 11 – 12 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo, MI

Online registration for this event has ended. However, registration will be available both mornings of the Annual Meeting. 

STUDENTS 50% Discount: EMAIL for discount code. Must use student email for confirmation. 

September 11: Presentation topics will include:

  • Smoke Management
  • Michigan Natural Community Management/Restoration
  • Fire Ecology and Fire Effects

September 12: Workshops

  • (AM) Smoke Management Tools & S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior & Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS)
  • (PM) Rx Fire Tools and Equipment Showcase w/ LIVE FLAMETHROWER DEMONSTRATIONS!

Download full agenda here.

For questions regarding the Annual Meeting, please contact Ryan Koziatek at 

Other updates

We’ve run into some size issues attempting to upload the presentations from the MPFC Annual Meeting. We will discuss this issue at the next steering committee meeting and make some choices about where to stash those for your access. In the meantime, if you’d like any of the materials, feel free to contact Michele Richards at to ask after anything specific.

Steering Committee Meetings

Please make a note of these meeting dates:

15 October 2014 - Gaylord DNR Office

10 December 2014 - Fort Custer Training Center

11 March 2015 - Roscommon DNR Office

10 June 2015 - East Lansing or Ann Arbor

12 August 2015 - St. Ignace

These locations offer conference call capability. We will provide the call-in information prior to each meeting.

Training Announcements

Firefighter Type 2 Training (S-130 Field Days)

October 25-26, 2014

Kalamazoo Nature Center – Kalamazoo, MI

Course Description: This field course serves as the capstone exercise for the S-130 online coursework. The two-day course is run like a NWCG incident to better prepare students for the activities of a wildland firefighter. We last held this in October of 2012, to rave reviews from the participants.

Students may register for the field days prior to completing the required online modules for I-100, S-190, & S-130. However, the online courses MUST be completed and copies of the online certificates MUST be presented at the time of the field days.

To get started, download the Initial Firefighter Training Information.

Objective: To attain FFT2 level of qualification.

Course Prerequisites:

Cost: $80

Lodging and Meals: Cost included in the tuition fee. Meals will be catered. This training will be run like an overnight wildfire incident and students will be spiking out. We are encouraging you to stay onsite but understand if you choose not to. If you decide not to stay onsite you will need to make your own overnight accommodations. If you decide to stay onsite, plan for the elements.

How to Register: Complete the online registration - REGISTER FOR FIELD DAYS HERE! Register by October 17, 2014

Questions?: Contact info:

Other News

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