Certified Burn Manager Program
Oregon's 2021 Legislature passed Senate Bill 762 requiring the Oregon Department of Forestry to establish a Certified Burn Manager Program. This program includes requirements, standards, and procedures to obtain a certification through ODF. This program allows for training and certification of personnel to conduct prescribed burns and reduce individual liability when following program criteria.
ODF followed the required public process to draft administrative rules and the Board of Forestry adopted them after public hearings.
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 629-042-1000 to 629-042-1070 establish the purpose, definitions, and general requirements for implementation of a Certified Burn Manager Program.
ODF was seeking individuals with experience or expertise with prescribed fire planning, implementation, and regulation to serve on a Certified Burn Manager Advisory Committee. The goal is to convene a group representative of the full suite of interests in prescribed fire and its impacts to communities across Oregon. The Certified Burn Manager Advisory Committee nomination period is closed as of Jan. 31, 2023. ODF will be making selections in February 2023.