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

Burning Issues Symposium II

13-14 January 2015


Download Flier & Agenda Here

The second Burning Issues Symposium will be held 13-14 January 2015 at Ft. Custer Training Center’s Education Center. We will be featuring speakers on several topics, along with panel discussions and a facilitated working group session to pull together proposed answers to the challenges presented to the group through the speaker topics.

Each topic will focus on the issue related to fire. The topics include invasive species, herps, insects, oak restoration and fire management and implementation.  On day one we will have five speakers give a talk. Each talk will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with 2-3 more experts in the topic’s field. Day two will be half day of facilitated breakout groups on each topic tasked with problem-solving issues identified and discussed in the previous day’s panels. The results will be compiled by the workshop organizers and published on at least one publically available website.

This event is organized and facilitated by the Lake States and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortia, the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council, and Michigan Army National Guard – Environmental Division. Registration costs $35 and includes lunch on Tuesday as well as snacks and coffee.

To reserve a room for an overnight stay at the Ft. Custer Education Center, you may need to contact them via email as their billeting operations may not answer the phone. Contact them 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:

11 March 2015 - Roscommon DNR Office

10 June 2015 - 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

ICS-300 and ICS-400 course will be held the first week in March in Oscoda, free of charge. Register in MiTrain for the course by clicking for instructions.   US Forest Service will also be doing an ICS 300 the 3rd week of January in Cadillac.

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.