Beneficial Fire

While beneficial fire has been used as a vegetation management tool across California for many years, several factors have limited its widespread use including resource availability, liability issues and public acceptance of fire and smoke. Federal, state and local agencies, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations and landowners understand the urgency in overcoming these barriers to increase the use of beneficial fire. These entities come together in the Beneficial Fire Work Group, and are actively collaborating to get more “good” fire on the ground.

Report Cover for Strategic Plan

California's Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire, March 2022




Man starting prescribed fires

The Prescribed Fire Claims Fund

Learn about the Fund

CAL FIRE graphic

CAL FIRE Prescribed Fire Program


Burnboss Graphic

Prescribed Fire Burn Boss State Certification Program


Find Your Local Prescribed Burn Association and learn more about prescribed fire at the California PBA website



Can Prescribed Fires Mitigate Health Harm? A Review of Air Quality and Public Health Implications of Wildfire and Prescribed Fire (American Lung Association, May 2022)


Good for the Forest. Good for the Future. Prescribed Fire Storymap (USFS 2021)


Audio: CAP Radio Interview, May 11, 2020. California’s Strategic Plan for Expanding the use of Beneficial Fire



Smokespotter app

The California Smoke Spotter app provides a comprehensive overview of the latest information on prescribed fires, projected smoke impacts, current air quality and educational material.


Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS) shows current ignitions across California.



Learn about the Strategic Plan For Beneficial Fire from the Work Group team.

Don Hankins of the Indigenous Stewardship Network on the importance of cultural burning.

Work Group: Beneficial Fire

Partnering Organizations

Work Group leads

CAL FIRE – Frank Bigelow; Key Action Lead
California Air Resources Board – Greg 
Vlasek; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – Jamie Sammut; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – Mark Rosenberg; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – John McCarthy; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – Christine McMorrow; Key Action Lead
U.S. Forest Service – Stephen Fillmore
CA Air Pollution Control Officers Association – Kathryn Coke
CA Air Pollution Control Officers Association – Larry Greene
Fire Restoration Group – Craig Thomas
Placerville Air District – Ann Hobbs
Karuk Tribe – Bill Tripp
The Nature Conservancy – Dan Porter
CSU Chico – Don Hankins
UC Agriculture & Natural Resources – Lenya Quinn-Davidson
Tall Timbers – Morgan Varner
Watershed Research & Training Center – Nick Goulette

Len Nielson, CAL FIRE
Lance Noxon, U.S. Forest Service

Work Group Facilitator

Gretchen Woessner, CAL FIRE


Key Actions Assigned:

1.18 – 1.27, 2.32