Rogue Basin TREX: Prescribed Fire Training Exchange
The Rogue Basin TREX (RBTREX) is a training program providing opportunities for qualified firefighters to learn how to safely and effectively conduct prescribed burns. TREX participants will assist Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest fire program personnel with planned burn operations while developing their credentials applying fire safely and developing leadership skills.
“The Forest Service is pleased to collaborate with the various organizations and agencies represented by RB TREX. This partnership is essential to building capacity for increasing the pace and scale of hazardous fuels reduction work in the Rogue Valley,” said Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Assistant Fire Staff Mike McCann.
The TREX training is designed for Rogue Valley fire practitioners, including municipal, district, state, federal, tribal and contract firefighters, landowners, natural resource managers, scientists, researchers and university students. Trainings will be conducted on an on-call basis as weather and associated burn prescription windows allow. All participants are currently qualified as firefighters and all prescribed burn operations will occur under Rogue River-Siskiyou fire management personnel and follow CDC guidelines.
“These prescribed burning projects support the science-based forest restoration work that is being implemented in an all lands-all hands approach by federal, state and local agencies, NGOs and contractors,” said Darren Borgias, Southwest Oregon Forest Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy.
Potential prescribed burn locations for TREX 2022 are on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest administered lands. Tentative burn locations are: Ashland Watershed (including Winburn Ridge, Four Corners and Road 300/Hitt Road), the Upper Applegate Watershed, Waters Creek and the Big Butte Springs Municipal Watershed.
Rogue Basin TREX is funded by the Fire Learning Network and hosted by the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, the Oregon State University Fire Program, the Rogue Valley Prescribed Burn Association, The Nature Conservancy, and others. The Fire Learning Network is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior. These institutions are equal opportunity providers.