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Prescribed Burn Association

What are Prescribed Burn Associations?

Prescribed Burn Associations (PBAs) are community-based mutual aid networks that help landowners and land managers put "good fire" back on the land. “Good fire”, a term that includes both prescribed and cultural fire, is the intentional application of fire to achieve specific outcomes, such as: wildfire mitigation through fuels reduction, invasive species control, improved forage quality and quantity, improved ecosystem health, and tribal/cultural objectives. Unlike high intensity wildfires, prescribed burning is the controlled application of fire under precise environmental conditions with pre-planned management objectives.

Prescribed Burn Associations can take a variety of forms but are always a way for community members to come together and share skills, experience, knowledge, equipment, and other resources to conduct ecologically minded and safe prescribed burning.

PBAs commonly support the following activities:

  • Determining if/when a burn should be completed

  • Planning, permitting, and communication

  • Providing resources, information, training, equipment, logistical support, and personnel

  • Expanding community support for prescribed burning

  • Building a culture of safe and effective use of prescribed fire

Prescribed Burn Association Formation in Solano County

Solano RCD has funding from the Department of Conservation to explore the formation of Prescribed Burn Association in Solano County. To accomplish this, SRCD is trying to gather information about:

  • what prescribed fire is currently happening on private land

  • what barriers residents face in using prescribed fire

  • and what interest residents have in PBA formation in Solano County.

You can get involved by attending one of our four public outreach meetings, filling out our survey about prescribed fire in Solano County, and joining our email list to stay updated below.

Prescribed Fire Survey & Email Sign Up HERE

Information about Upcoming Meetings:

Please joinSolano RCD at one of our community meetings to explore Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) formation in Solano County. This is an opportunity to learn about the use of prescribed fire, PBAs, and connect with other community members and agencies about this important topic. Please RSVP to attend one of the meetings below. Refreshments provided.

Thursday February 22, 2024                

6PM- 7:30PM    


Virtual Link:                                                                                                             

Topic: Prescribed Burn Association Exploration Meeting                                    

Time: Feb 22, 2024 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:                                                                                         https://zoom.us/j/96149019960

Meeting ID: 961 4901 9960

Please contact Elizabeth Davis with any questions or accessibility needs at


Links to More Information:

↓ Prescribed Fire & Good Fire

Prescribed Fire – CAL FIRE

Good Fire – Current Barriers to the Expansion of Cultural Burning and Prescribed Fire in California and Recommended Solutions – Karuk Tribe Climate Change Project

Prescribed Fire Benefits – University of California Cooperative Extension

Prescribed Fire: Benefits for people and the land – US Forest Service

Prescribed Burning – California Air Resources Board

Can Prescribed Fires Mitigate Health Harm? – American Lung Association

Planning a Prescribed Burn – California PBA website

How the Indigenous practice of ‘good fire’ can help our forests thrive – Information on the differences between prescribed fire and cultural fire

Prescribed Fire Gains Momentum – UCANR 

↓ Prescribed Burn Associations

California PBA website

Prescribed Burn Associations – California Cattlemen’s Association

What is a Prescribed Burn Association – University of California Cooperative Extension Sonoma

Find a PBA on the CAL PBA website – We hope Solano will be reflected on this map soon!

Yolo PBA

Working with Prescribed Burn Associations – Tori Norville, University of California Cooperative Extension

↓ Permitting and Regulations

Options for Prescribed Fire on Private Lands in California, Jeffrey Stackhouse & Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Grasslands 2019

CAL FIRE Burn Permit Responsibility Area Viewer – Use this link to identify your Air Quality Management District and which fire responsibility area you are in.

CAL FIRE Burn Permit Page

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Open Burn Information

Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) Open Burning

Permits and Regulations – UCANR

Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS)

Open Burn Fact Sheet – BAAQMD

↓ Liability

Links on the CAL PBA website

Prescribed Fire Liability in CA – Lenya Quinn-Davidson & Jeffrey Stackhouse, UC Cooperative Extension, 2020

Governor Newson Signs CCA-Sponsored SB 332 - Katie Roberti, California Cattlemen’s Association

SB 332 – the California legislation that changed California from a strict liability state to simple negligence state

SB 926: Prescribed Fire Claims Fund – California legislation that created a 20 million dollar prescribed fire damages fund

SB 926’s passage closes insurance gap to get good fire on the ground – The Nature Conservancy


                                                                               All photos are from recent prescribed burn in Yolo County, organized by Yolo PBA.

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1170 N Lincoln, Ste. 110
Dixon, CA 95620

Phone: (707) 678-1655 x 101

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