The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold the next round of its “Learn to Burn: Introduction to Prescribed Fire for Landowners” classes this spring.

This course is taught by AGFC biologists and other fire experts to educate landowners on use of prescribed fire as a habitat management tool. Landowners will be introduced to information regarding planning and implementation of a prescribed burn, as well as how to be an educated consumer of prescribed fire vendor services. Safety for fire users and the public, as well as using fire responsibly are heavily stressed.

Topics include how to use fire as a tool, pre-burn planning, equipment and safety gear, burn plan writing, weather, ignition techniques, ecological effects and legal concerns. Hands-on demonstrations of tools and techniques will be given, including a tour of areas actively managed with fire, weather permitting.

This class is free of charge and lunch is provided. If you are a landowner interested in managing your property, fire is one of the best tools in your toolbox and this course will give you a basic introduction to the world of prescribed fire, whether you are interested in burning on your own, hire a professional vendor, or just want to know how burning can benefit you or your property. Locations and dates are listed below. Simply click on each link to sign up.

February 20: McCaskill Community Center in McCaskill (Hempstead County, Southwest Arkansas)

February 27: Northwest AR Community College in Bentonville

March 12: Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock

March 19: Fred Berry Conservation Education Center in Yellville