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Certified Burn Manager Program

In 2021, Legislators passed Senate Bill 762, requiring the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to develop a Certified Burn Manager (CBM) program. The overall goal of this program is to reduce barriers to prescribed fire in Oregon by increasing available resources on non-federal ODF protected lands through a prescribed fire leadership training and certification program. When landowners within ODF protection districts use a certified burn manager and follow the required burn plan it protects both from civil liability. ODF is seeking applications from individuals interested in becoming CBMs and training providers who have experience with the creation and delivery of wildland fire training to deliver content based upon a detailed CBM instructor guide and final exam provided by ODF.

Initially, while training providers are entering into agreements with ODF and creating content in preparation for delivery based on ODF’s CBM instructor guide, only individuals with existing National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications as a Type 2 Burn Boss (RXB2) or documentation of prior experience leading burns are eligible to apply for historical recognition. For those with experience in prescribed fire seeking to gain knowledge, skills, and the abilities in leading burns, the certified burn manager course will made available through Oregon State University Extension and other training providers in Spring 2024, with specific dates and locations posted here as they are scheduled. Once the certified burn manager course has been completed and a certificate of course completion along with documentation of prior burn experience has been received, a field certification book will be issued by ODF to be completed and submitted for certification as a burn manager.

Upcoming CBM training

Coming soon

To apply for CBM and/or CBM training provider

  • Note: The form does not work from iOS platforms (iPhones/iPads). If using Mac OS, download the form with Adobe Acrobat Reader. 
  • Access the application using the button below, download to your computer, and complete the application. 
  • Once completed, use the submit button provided on the form or email the completed form to, or print and return to: 
    Oregon Department of Forestry
    Stacy McCarter
    2600 State Street
    Salem, OR 97310

Certified Burn Manager Application

Certified Burn Manager Training Provider Application