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Introduction to Prescribed Fire (Staff)

Time limit: 120 days


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Public course is available on the OSU Extension Catalog.

Intended Audience

This course is for OSU Extension staff professional development.  Others should enroll at  

Time Requirements

  • Eight hours total
  • The course is divided into 9 modules which can be completed at your own pace.
  • Each module should take 30-60 minutes to complete.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Explain why fire is a crucial part of a healthy ecosystem
  • Identify the key considerations for creating a fire plan
  • Recognize safe practices for conducting a prescribed burn, including equipment, firebreaks, and smoke management
  • Describe the best practices for meeting the land management objectives using prescribed fire, including ignition and season of burn 

Teaching Method

This is an asynchronous, self-paced, course.  You will watch videos, engage in learning activities, and take quizzes.  


  • Introduction to Prescribed Fire
  • Prescribed Fire Law & Liability
  • Fire Prescriptions
  • Fire Effects
  • Firebreaks
  • Ignition
  • Smoke Management
  • Burn Seasons
  • Fire Equipment

Completing the Course

  • To complete the course, you must access all pages and earn 80% on the Assessments.
  • Once you have completed the course, you can print a certificate of completion. 




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