Welcome to the Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Council

Our mission is to serve as a venue for practitioners, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, tribes, non-governmental organizations, coalitions, and interested individuals to work collaboratively to promote, protect, conserve, and expand the responsible use of prescribed fire and cultural fire in the southern Sierra Nevada’s fire-adapted landscapes and fire-dependent landscapes, and to promote public understanding and acceptance on the ecological and cultural importance of burning.

Subscribe to the SSPFC newsletter to receive updates about our meetings and relevant information on prescribed fire in the region. We use the email list sparingly to send out updates about meetings and other relevant fire and air quality efforts in the southern Sierra Nevada region.

Our Inaugural Meeting was a huge success! We thank all the presenters and panelists for coming to speak with us and discuss fire management and air quality and the steering and advisory committee members for all their help and guidance during the planning of this conference. 

Conference Participants November 4th, 2013 Clovis CA Veteran's Memorial Hall. 

Field Tour November 6, 2013 Hosted by Sequoia Kings National Park in Grant Grove. 
Photo Credit: Susan Kocher

Overlook at Sequoia and Kings National Park. 
Photo Credit: Susan Kocher

                                  SSPFC Goals
  • Provide a focus for successes and challenges regarding prescribed burning in the southern Sierra Nevada region.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information regarding the appropriate application of prescribed burning and its effects.
  • Promote a general public understanding the role of fire in ecosystems, and the role of prescribed fire in ecosystem management.
  • Promote safety, training, and research in the art and science of prescribed fire.
  • Provide an open forum for discussions on prescribed fire practices, natural ignitions, cultural fire, smoke applications and management, regulations, and policies as a means to encourage the use of prescribed burning.

Granite Knob Fire, Lightening Ignition, Sequoia National Forest
Photo Credit: Scott Williams