The mission of the Arizona Prescribed Fire Council is to serve as a forum for prescribed fire practitioners at all levels of government, academic institutions, tribes, coalitions, and interested individuals to work collaboratively to promote, protect, conserve, and expand the responsible use of prescribed fire in Arizona’s fire-dependent ecosystems.
The purposes of the Council are:
- To provide a forum for addressing the issues, barriers and advancement of prescribed fire use in Arizona.
- To promote a general public understanding of the benefits of prescribed fire use and the role of fire in our diverse fire-dependent ecosystems.
- To promote safety, training, and research in the art and science of prescribed fire.
- To facilitate planning, coordination and implementation of multijurisdictional prescribed burn projects, utilizing best management practices to ensure desired outcomes.
- To promote effective prescribed fire and smoke management best practices, regulations, and policies to ensure the continued use of safe and appropriate use of prescribed fire.
View the council by-laws
Work Plan (10/2013 – Present)
- Assessment of Arizona Burn Laws (TNC Lead)
- Liability Insurance for Private-land Burns
- Developed Working Groups
- By-law development and approval
- Outreach Strategy & Resources
- Science Systematic Review – Fire Applications
- Science Needs Assessment
- Legislative Involvement
- Presentations, news media, Education Ops
- Fire Research Publications – Outreach sharing
Next 180-day Work Plan
- Continue/Complete Current Action Items
- Refine Outreach Plan
- Develop Communication Plan/Strategy
- Identify Burn Liability Insurance Options/Plan
- Provide Access to Online Qualifications Trng.
- Support to Apache County Burn Program
- Northern Arizona TREX Program
- Develop Burn Plan and Approval Checklist
We invite you to join or participate in any Council activities, meetings or events. There are no formal membership requirements; simply notify one of the Council leadership below and we will add you to the database. In the future, information will be shared on the website as well as periodic email communication to all Council participants. Please refer to the Council By-laws or contact any Council participant for additional information.
2014 AZPFC leadership:
Chairman – Doyel Shamley
Vice Chairman – Peter Warren
Secretary – Vic Morfin
Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
AZ Fire Chiefs Association
AZ Division of Emergency Management
Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
Arizona State Forestry Dept.
Arizona Public Service
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Camp Navajo – AZ Nat’l Guard
DOI – Bureau of Land Management
Ecological Restoration Institute
Flagstaff Fire Dept.
Highlands Fire Dept.
Malapai Borderlands Group
National Park Service
Prescott Fire Dept.
Salt River Project
Sedona Fire Dept.
SouthWest Fire Science Consortium
Southwest Power Cooperative
School of Forestry – NAU
USDA – Forest Service
The Nature Conservancy
Three Points Fire District
Tucson Electric Powe
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Western Area Power Administration