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

We have selected dates for our 2014 Annual Meeting. Please mark your calendars for 11-12 September. If you have topics you’d like to have covered, or speakers our group might be interested in, please send us a note. We have not yet chose a location, but will let you know when one is nailed down. And, as always, we are always open to suggestions.

We have rescheduled our 130/190 field days certification training. We last held this in October of 2012, to rave reviews of the participants. Participants complete the online portion of S130 and S190 independently. Then for a small fee they partake in a two day field course run like an NWCG incident. After completion of the two day field course, they’ll receive their certificates of completion. We will be holding this course 21-22 June 2014. Location will soon be determined, so check back here for updates.

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:
19 February 2014   at the  Roscommon DNR office

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

Wildland Firefighter Training at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (S130/190, L-180)

March 22, 2014

Prescribed Fire for Managers (Rx-100)

April 5 – 6, 2014

Other News


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