Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Southeast Prescribed Fire Initiative

Southeast Prescribed Fire Initiative

Critical efforts to restore fire-dependent ecosystems such as the longleaf pine ecosystem and its many associated species like red-cockaded woodpecker cannot be successful without additional prescribed burning, especially on private lands.


Fire is a critically important agent of renewal in natural ecosystems, but uncontrolled wildfires can pose a substantial risk to people and infrastructure. In recent years, the risks associated with wildfire have captured public attention as large forest fires raged in the west. In the Southeast, there are more acres treated with prescribed fires than any other region and more fire-adapted natural communities than in any other region in the United States. Furthermore, human population growth and the expansion of the urban footprint are also greater in the Southeast than in any other area of the country, and unlike the west, the vast majority of the land base in the Southeast (and especially forested land) is still in private ownership.

According to The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy: Southeastern Regional Action Plan (2013), “addressing the challenge posed by wildland fire in the Southeast is not simply a fire management, fire operations or wildland-urban interface problem – it is much larger and more complex.” Many agencies and organizations in the Southeast have the authority, responsibility and autonomy to develop and implement their own policies. However, long-term success may only be achieved through the unified, collaborative effort of all involved. Addressing the issue will sustain Sentinel Landscapes and advance the SERPPAS interests in working lands, conservation and national defense.

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Documents Library

Date Title Author
04/01/18 Southern Area Fire Risk Assessment - Winter/Spring 2018 Southern Area Coordination Center Rapid Assessment Team
03/31/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 18 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
03/01/18 NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire National Wildfire Coordinating Group
02/28/18 Driptorch Digest Volume 17 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
07/21/17 A Framework for the Evaluation of Large-Scale Regional Conservation and Management Strategies John M. Diaz, Jennifer Evans Fawcett, K. S. U. Jayaratne, Jackie Bruce
07/01/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 10 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
06/26/17 Identifying Gap, Challenges and Opportunities in Prescribed Fire Efforts within the Southeastern U.S. Jennifer Powell Prince
05/26/17 Driptorch Digest Volume 9 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
04/30/17 Longleaf Partnership Council 2016 Range-Wide Accomplishments Report ALRI
12/01/16 Commonly Referenced Wildland Fire Initiatives, Program and Networks Southern Fire Exchange
11/30/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 8 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
11/18/16 The Value of Forming a Prescribed Fire Burn Association John Diaz, Jennifer E. Fawcett, John Weir
09/01/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 7 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
09/01/16 2016 Southeastern Forest Private Lands Partnership Forum Report Partners for Conservation
07/01/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 6 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
06/01/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 5 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
05/02/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 4 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
04/08/16 Federal Prescribed Fire Programs White Paper North Carolina State University
04/04/16 2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report National Association of State Foresters
03/29/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 3 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
03/02/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 2 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
01/21/16 Driptorch Digest Volume 1 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
07/01/15 Prescribed Burning Perceptions Among Private Landowners: An Annotated Bibliography of Relevant Literature Jennifer Busam and Jennifer L. Evans
07/01/15 Impediments to Prescribed Burning on Private Lands: A Synthesis of Surveys from 2012-2015 John Diaz, Jennifer L. Evans, and Jennifer Busam
07/01/15 Best Practices for Communicating with Landowners about Prescribed Fire (and other communications resources) NCSU/ SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
08/01/14 Resource Availability and Coordination for Prescribed Fire Use across Significant Geographic Areas of Longleaf Pine Laurie W. Gharis, Jennifer L. Evans, John M. Diaz, Johnathan G. Sutton, Jessica D. Knight, and Bethany Harvey
06/03/14 A Burning Issue: Prescribed Fire and Fire-adapted Habitats of the East Gulf Coastal Plain Communications Plan East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture
07/01/13 Prescribed Fire Resources Laurie Gharis and Jennifer Evans
04/05/13 The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy: Southeastern Regional Action Plan Southeast Regional Strategy Committee
01/01/13 Prescribed Fire Liability: Insurance Options for Landowners and Consultants Jennifer Evans and Laurie Gharis
08/01/12 Comprehensive Strategy for Prescribed Fire to Restore Longleaf Pine in the Southeast United States: A Vision for 2025 SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group
05/21/12 Synthesis Report: Current Work on Prescribed Fire Related to Longleaf Pine Restoration SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group

Websites and Resources Library

Title Author
Burning on Private Lands Website NC State University
Introduction to Southeastern Prescribed Fire (online course) Jennifer Evans/ NC State University
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update blog Jennifer Evans/ NC State University
Southeastern Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Southeastern Regional Strategy Committee
Southern Fire Exchange Southern Fire Exchange
e-FIRE (online prescribed fire course for landowners and others new to burning) NC State University
NCSU Prescribed Fire Information and Resources NC State University Extension Forestry
From Fire Comes Light NC State University's Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources
NC Joint Information Center NC Joint Information Center
Wildfires Near Me The Wildland Fire Management Research Development & Application Program

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News Stories

Date Title Author
03/06/18 Top-notch fire training facility opens at Egling Air Force Base AFCEC
02/27/18 AF Fire Emergency Services looking to the future with ‘strategic plan’ AFCEC
10/26/17 SERDP Solicitations - Wildland fire research to improve military land use efficiency Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
07/07/17 Florida Forest Service Firefighters Heading to Battle Blazes in Western States FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
05/25/17 TELE in the Field: Prescribed Fire on Private Lands The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative
05/23/17 Drought & Fire: Florida is burning up. Learn how landowners are managing their forests to mitigate wildfire. FL NRCS
04/15/17 Learn and Burn Field Day in LA KALB
04/07/17 Beneficial Prescribed Burns Continue Across North Carolina NC WRC
01/23/17 MOU Wildland Fire Leadership Council WFLC
01/23/17 USDA - DOI - EPA Partnership Agreement Regarding Wildland Fire and Air Quality USDA, DOI, EPA
12/13/16 SE Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Newsletter Southeast Region Strategy Committee
12/09/16 Bipartisan Fix to Wildfire Disaster Funding Burns Out TNC
11/20/16 Forest Fires Burn 119,000 acres in 8 Southeastern States USA Today
09/08/16 Learning about Burning: State Meeting Expands Prescribed Fire Impact GA DNR
08/02/16 Florida Forest Service Treats 204,000 Acres of State Forests with Prescribed Fire FLDA&CS
04/15/16 USDA Forest Service Veterans Fire Recruitment Video USDA Forest Service
04/08/16 NC Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association Kickoff Meeting Sandhills Area Land Trust
08/30/15 Preventing Wildfires Capitol News Service
08/20/15 This Graphic Shows How ‘Unimaginable’ Wildfires Are on the Rise Time Magazine
08/17/15 Are We Fighting Wildfires The Wrong Way? On Point - NPR
08/05/15 Florida Forest Service Breaks National Prescribed Fire Record Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
08/01/15 Natural Selections Newsletter (Focus on Fire) DoD Natural Resources Program
07/28/15 The Way We Pay Washington Post
04/16/15 Supporting Our Forests with Fire NCSU Department of Forestry and Natural Resources