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Prescribed Burn Contractor Database

Many states in the South provide online vendor databases for prescribed burning either on the state forestry agency website, or through the Prescribed Fire Council. On these sites, prescribed burn contractors can add their business to a list where private landowners can then search the database to find a contractor who offers prescribed burning in their area.

 Prescribed Burn Contractor Database

Some of the databases were developed as tools to assist landowners in finding forest management related service providers for implementation of  a variety of forestry practices, including prescribed burning. In other cases, the databases are specific to just prescribed burning. Also, in some states each vendor has successfully completed a state-sponsored burn planning/implementing training course, passed a reference check, provided proof of insurance, and/or a resume of prescribed fire experience, whereas in other states any vendor can add themselves to a list without having to provide proof of relevant experience.

It is important for landowners seeking a burn contractor from one of the sites below understand that most lists are provided solely as a courtesy to landowners, and that in most cases, the sites where the vendors are provided do not make any representation as to the quality of work or business practices of the firms listed.

When trying to decide if a particular service provider is for you, you should consider a few important points:

  • Compare multiple service providers, if possible. Depending on the number of vendors in your area, this may be difficult.
  • If you live in a state that provides Burn Manager Certification, request a copy of their Certification.
  • Request a list of 3-4 references, and then call them to get a feel for the quality of work they provide.
  • Request a copy of their insurance policy, and make sure their policy is current and covers the activities that they will be doing for you.
  • Request a copy of a completed burn plan to ensure that is includes the basic information such as objectives, contingencies, maps, etc. You can typically find more information on what to expect in a burn plan on your state forestry agency website.
  • You may want to have an attorney review any contracts or agreements before you sign such documents.

Some states provide online vendor databases for prescribed burning. For most states, we have also compiled a list of prescribed burn contractors. Both state-maintained databases and our lists are linked below:

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