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.


JOINT EVENT: 4th Annual Burning Issues Workshop & MPFC Annual Meeting

“Breaking Burning Barriers”

LOCATION: Fort Custer National Training Center (FCTC), 1109 Denso Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037 (42.329729, -85.287916)

February 6 & 7, 2018

This annual wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format which will help us to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work.


Over the two days we will have a keynote address, explore topic areas that are relevant across the State of Michigan and the Upper Midwest, and have interactive opportunities including panel discussions, world café, and breakout sessions. These discussions and sessions are an opportunity for participants from a wide range of organizations and experiences to engage with each other on specific issues. These sessions are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to build the understanding and communication to support further work toward collaborative solutions.


Detailed Agenda and Speakers are under development by the Planning Team


Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, “Exorcising Natural Fire Precisionism”


The four topic areas we will cover over the 2-day workshop include:
1. Managing for Wildlife in Fire-dependent Ecosystems
Presenters and Panel include: Dr. Gary Roloff, Dr. John Shuey, and Tracy Melvin
2. Managing Oak Ecosystems with Fire
Presenters and Panel include: Dr. Dan Dey, and TBD
3. Managing Fire-Dependent Systems with Invasive Species Considerations
Presenters TBD
4. Managing a Burn Program: Exploring the risks, barriers, and opportunities in developing and sustaining a burn program
For this topic session we will have an overview presentation by Steve Goldman followed by a world café interactive session; Overview Presentation TBD


NOTE: For Federal Employees, this Workshop falls under the definition of a training, which means no meetings management is necessary. Attendees will simply need approval from a supervisor/budget manager to pay the registration fee. Please see the Burning Issues webpage which has the excerpt defining training.


Registration: Thanks to Fort Custer Training Center (FCTC) we are able to keep costs low with a reasonable registration fee (includes lunch, snacks and coffee both days): Regular registration is $65 and a Reduced Rate registration for students/volunteers/private landowners is $35. Please contact Jack McGowan-Stinski to get the reduced rate Promo code; reduced rate is limited quantity.


Registration Link:


Lodging: Available at FCTC at a maximum rate of $50/night. Other lodging options are located in Kalamazoo, MI. Note: Rooms at FCTC are semi-private; a single twin bed with a shared bathroom (toilet and shower) with one adjacent room. Call 269.731.6126 to reserve your lodging.


Please visit this link for more information.



Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinars

Thursday October 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT
Wildlife implications across snag treatment types in jack pine stands of Upper Michigan.

Shelby Weiss, School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University

Thursday November 16, 2017, 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central
CanFIRE: predicting fire behaviour and fire effects.
Dr. W.J. (Bill) de Groot, Fire Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Forest Service

Thursday December 21, 2017 , 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central
Three LSFSC Intern Projects:
Prescribed burning to improve management for brushland-dependent species (Rebecca Montgomery, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota); Leveraging research and monitoring networks to inform management of at-risk species in the globally rare pine barrens ecosystem (Sarah Johnson, Northland College); Investigating the relative importance of climate and people in the historical patterns of fire to inform management of red pine at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Adam Donaldson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

Thursday January 18, 2018, 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central
Prescribed fire in pine stands, tree mortality and the response of insects and pathogens.
Steve Katovich, Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

Thursday February 15, 2018 , 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central
Quantification of understory fuels in Superior National Forest using LiDAR Data.
Jeff Irwin, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

Thursday March 15, 2018, 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central
Monitoring the response of moose to large fires in Minnesota.
Mike Schrage, Wildlife Biologist, Fond du Lac Resource Management Division, Cloquet, MN

Thursday April 19, 2018 , 2:00 PM Eastern/ 1:00 PM Central
Northeast Wisconsin northern dry forest and pine barrens project.
John Lampereur, District Silviculturist and Jay Saunders, Retired East Zone Fire Management Officer, Lakewood/Laona Ranger District, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest


Steering Committee Meetings

All meetings 10AM – 1PM with the Annual Meeting being the exception.


08 FebruaryNRCS Office
3001 Coolidge Rd #250, East Lansing, MI
12 April Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
104 Conservation Dr., Roscommon, MI
21 JuneHuron-Manistee National Forests Outpost
1755 S. Mitchell, St. Cadillac, MI
09 August Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
18 OctoberSt. Ignace – Sault Ste Marie Ranger District
W 1900 US 2, St. Ignace, MI
14 December – TBD

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

Training Announcements


S130/190 – September 14 – 15, 2017  – Fort Custer Training Center, Battle Creek, MI

See “Training” page for details…

2017 Crew Boss Academy – October 4-13, 2017  – Fort Custer Training Center, Battle Creek, MI

DOWNLOAD: 2017 CBA Announcement


• IS-200.B: Basic ICS for Initial Attack
• L-280: Followership to Leadership
• S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland / Urban Interface
• S-230: Crew Boss
• S-231: Engine Boss


DOWNLOAD: NominationForm_CBA_2017

See “Training” page for details…

Other News

Stay up to date with the Lake States Fire Science Consortium by visiting their website and signing up for their newsletters. Also visit the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Consortium site for their information and newsletter sign-up.