The N. C. Division of Forest Resources, hereafter referred to as DFR, shall conduct a burner Certification program composed of the following:

(1)           Each candidate shall attend and successfully complete a prescribed burn school consisting of instruction on: The N. C. Prescribed Burning Act, weather, fuels, smoke management, firing techniques and planning, executing and mopping up the burn; a field trip to examine burn sites before and after burning; and a written test.  DFR shall offer a minimum of one of these schools annually at a charge of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per participant.

(2)           An alternative abbreviated school may be provided candidates who have successfully completed an approved prescribed burn school other than the DFR school.  Other prescribed burn schools shall be approved by DFR if all topics contained in the N. C. Prescribed Burn School were included.  Candidates shall provide documentation of topics covered and successful completion to DFR.  This abbreviated school shall include the N. C. Prescribed Burn Act and the N.C. Smoke Management System.  A minimum of one of these schools shall be offered annually if there are requests.

(3)           In order to be certified, each candidate whether they train under Paragraph (a) or (b) of this Rule shall successfully conduct a prescribed burn under the observation of a certified burner.  The candidate must submit to DFR a completed DFR Certified Burner checkoff sheet, signed by a certified burner.

(4)           Successful candidates shall receive both a numbered certificate and pocket card.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 106-22; 106-969; 106-1001; 143B-10;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 12, 2000;

Eff. April 1, 2001;

Transferred from 15A NCAC 09C .1102 Eff. May 1, 2012.