MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop Jan. 10 in Warrenton

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a prescribed burn workshop, followed by a demonstration burn, for interested landowners at the Warren County Extension Center in Warrenton on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

This workshop is part of MDC’s commitment to work with landowners interested in learning how to properly and safely utilize prescribed fire to manage grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades and other natural communities on their land.

The course will be taught by MDC-certified burners, and participants will learn about the value and purpose of prescribed fire as a land management tool.  Attendees will receive instruction on how to safely and effectively plan and conduct a controlled burn.  The workshop will also discuss situations where prescribed burning could create benefits for both property owners and their land, and wildlife habitat. 

The classroom portion will run from 9 a.m.- noon, followed by lunch.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an actual burn demonstration from 1-4 p.m.  If weather conditions do not permit a safe burn, other practical field exercises will be substituted.

Participants should dress for the weather and have protective eyewear, leather gloves, leather boots, a handkerchief or bandana, and clothing made of natural fibers.  Clothing made from synthetic materials should be avoided if at all possible due to its high flammability.

The workshop is free but seating is limited. For reservations, call Lori Novak at 636-583-2303, ext. 101 by Jan. 7. The Warren County Extension Center is located at 107 West Walton Street in Warrenton. For more on prescribed burns, go online to