How to Become a North Carolina Certified Burner
Attend the North Carolina Certified Burner Class offered by the NC Forest Service (NCFS) and pass the test at training. Certified Burner training is held 2-3 times per year across the state and costs $25.00. Watch the NCFS website for course announcements and registration information
Prepare a prescribed burn plan that covers:
- The landowner's name and address.
- A description of the area to be burned.
- A map of the area to be burned.
- An estimate in tons per acre of the fuel located on the area.
- The objectives of the prescribed burn.
- A list of the acceptable weather conditions and parameters for the prescribed burn sufficient to minimize the likelihood of smoke damage and fire escaping onto adjacent areas.
- The name of the certified prescribed burner responsible for conducting the prescribed burn.
- A summary of the methods that are adequate for the particular circumstances involved to be used to start, control, and extinguish the prescribed burn.
- Provision for reasonable notice of the prescribed burn to be provided to nearby homes and businesses to avoid effects on health and property.
Obtain all necessary burn permits and authorizations, and notify nearby residents and emergency response agencies about the coming burn.
Conduct the prescribed burn under NC Smoke Management Guidelines following the plan while observed by a certified burner on site.
Have a certified burner observe the burn and submit a recommendation of certification to the NCFS via the Burner Certification Checkoff Sheet, along with a copy of the observed burn plan and a map of the burn.
For additional questions about becoming a certified burner in the state of North Carolina, please contact Aaron Gay.