SAN JUAN TREX POSTPONED UNTIL 2019 (Dates TBA)
This TREX is postponed until 2019 (dates TBA) due to the active wildfire season that continues to pull needed resources toward other fires and regions. A cooperative burn effort for this fall is being discussed to conduct prescribed burning wherever possible in the region. If you would like to be involved or hear more about that planning effort, contact Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Juan National Forest in partnership with the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership, the Chama Peak Land Alliance, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network and TREX Program, and regional partners will be hosting a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) in fall, 2018. The intent of this training is to provide opportunities for local and regional firefighters, scientists and managers to work and train together, build their experience in prescribed fire practices, fire effects, and other conservation efforts affecting forests, woodlands and grasslands in southern Colorado. Training opportunities for anyone who wishes to participate are available, as well as for those pursuing National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications for the positions of RXB2, ENGB, FIRB, FFT1, FFT2, and FEMO.
The partners coordinating this TREX are working collaboratively across ownership boundaries to improve the resiliency of regional forests and watersheds to catastrophic wildfire, forest insect and disease outbreaks, and climate change impacts. By working together we are increasing the capacity of public agencies and private landowners to improve forest health at scale and protect vital water, wildlife, and cultural resources. Collaborative partnerships active in the region include the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership and the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership. More information and links to these groups may be found at http://sanjuanheadwaters.org/trex/ and http://232partnership.org/.
We invite professional wildland firefighters and prescribed fire practitioners, fire and resource managers, ecologists, biologists, conservationists, students and faculty, researchers and scientists from federal, state, tribal, non-governmental and private organizations to be part of our burn team.
The training will be organized as an incident, using the Incident Command System. Participants will serve in qualified and trainee firefighting positions on a burn team and will assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, mop-up and patrol on controlled burns in the area. We will also complete pre- and post-fire monitoring, train with equipment, practice fire line leadership skills and learn about local fire ecology and fire management. The work will take place primarily on the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, however opportunities to complete burns with other agencies and private landowners are being explored. The training may include field trips to orient participants to the natural and cultural landscape of this region, burn units, fuels, and other wildland fire related topics. We will integrate and learn about community efforts to prepare for and mitigate wildfire impacts to natural resources, homes, and communities.
Join us for hands-on burning and learning in southern Colorado. Everyone is welcome, if you do not have the minimum training requirements we will provide the necessary resources via online or self-paced CD materials so that you may complete the training (See below).
- All participants’ qualifications must be current. At a minimum, everyone must have completed NWCG courses S-130 and S-190, as well as FEMA IS-700B and ICS-100. Free self-study materials for these courses will be offered to participants who need them and assistance will be provided.
- Participants must complete an arduous pack test before the start of the event (3 miles with 45 lbs in 45 minutes). Completion of a moderate pack test is acceptable if coming as a TNC volunteer and serving in an RXCM (prescribed fire crewmember) position. We will help provide instructions and standards so that you can complete the pack test prior to the TREX event.
- Participants should come with all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including fire line-approved boots (all leather work boots, 8-inches tall, non-slip soles, and no steel toe), a New Generation Fire Shelter, headlamp, hard hat, Nomex clothing, all leather gloves, eye protection and canteens for drinking water. If you do not have proper PPE, please let us know and we will provide you a set on loan.
Cost: Each participant is responsible for a $300 non-refundable registration fee that covers administrative costs. This is not a lodging or tuition fee. Instructions on how to pay the registration fee will be provided when you are notified that you have been selected to attend. The fee may be waived for local participants on a case-by-case basis.
Meals & Travel: Meals and lodging will be provided during the training. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from southwestern Colorado.
More information: Specific logistics will be determined shortly. Questions may be directed to Emily Hohman at email@example.com.