Learn about prescribed fire at MDC online course and field day

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LOCKWOOD, Mo. – When used in controlled, supervised conditions, fire can be a beneficial land management tool. However, it’s important to stress that prescribed fire involves planning and on-site management.

People interested in learning how to use fire as a management tool should register for a two-part controlled burn workshop being put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The field day portion of the workshop will be Oct. 6, but in order to take part in that, program participants must first complete the online portion of the class. A link to the online portion of the workshop will be given to people when they register. The online portion can be completed in two-four hours and is a mandatory prerequisite to the field day. Upon completing the online portion of the event, people will receive a certificate of completion which they must bring to the Oct. 6 demonstration burn.

The demonstration burn on Oct. 6 will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at MDC’s Sloan Conservation Area in Dade County. The Sloan Area is on Highway 160 three miles east of Lockwood. During this part of the workshop, people will get hands-on experience on how to execute a prescribed burn for grassland management. Topics that will be covered by MDC Private Land Conservationist Rick Rath include equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other aspects needed to conduct a safe and successful prescribed burn. Appropriate dress for the burn will be leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long-sleeve shirt, and safety glasses.

People can register at:


To get more information about this event, contact Rick Rath at 417-209-6876 or Rick.Rath@mdc.mo.gov. People can also call Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist Ethan Kleekamp at 636-667-1444.