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.


Council News

2014 Annual Meeting Update

Please mark your calendars for 11-12 of September 2014. This year’s MPFC Annual Meeting will be held at The Kalamazoo Nature Center, in Kalamazoo, MI.

DAY 1: Presentation topics will include:

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

DAY 2: 1/2 DayWorkshops

  • (AM) S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior & Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS)
  • (PM) Rx Fire Tools and Equipment Showcase

Annual Meeting registration and full conference details will be coming in mid-July. Please stay tuned!

The Council extends congratulations and many thanks to our coordinator, Lara Rainbolt, as she has accepted the position of Conservation Program Coordinator with the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy! Lara will be greatly missed here in Michigan, but this is a great opportunity for her and the Florida conservation team.

During this time of transition, we appreciate your patience!

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:

4 June 2014   at the  St. Ignace USFS office

13 August 2014   at Ft. Custer Training Center

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

Training Announcement

S130/190 Field Days (FFT2 Training) - CANCELED

Ed Lowe Foundation

21-22 June 2014

We are unable to hold this training due to low registration. A new set of dates will be determined and posted here on the website. If you are interested in this training and want to be notified when it will be held next, email us at

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.