Certified Prescribed Fire Manager Program

The SC Prescribed Fire Act, passed in 1994, provides limited liability protection for persons who have been certified as prescribed fire managers.

Prescribed burning

To become a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager you must:

  1. Successfully complete a training program which includes home study, an 8-hour classroom session, and a written exam. The course is geared toward persons with considerable fire management experience.
  2. Provide documentation of practical experience in prescribed burning.
  3. Agree to conduct all burning in compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances.

The Certified Prescribed Fire Manager Program is administered by the SC Forestry Commission. Several training sessions are provided each year. For more information, call 803-896-8837.

The SC Prescribed Fire Act does not require certification in order to conduct prescribed burning, but non-certified burners are not afforded liability protection under the act.

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