Photo Credit: RS Baller



Photo Credit: RS Baller

Part of TPE’s mission is to restore prairie, with prescribed burning being one of the major tools we use. The information and links provided here contain TPE-specific and general information on conducting prescribed burns. If you have other resources you would like added, please contact Jim Rogala.

TPE burn plans and policies

The TPE Burn Policy was approved on March 2, 2014. The policy is critical, as protects TPE assets by assuring we perform prescribed burns in a very safe manner. Even aside from the liability issues, the policy will assist in assuring that TPE burns are conducted within the high standards set forth in the policy.

A TPE Burn Plan form is available in a fillable format below.

*** The fillable forms can’t be saved with Adobe Reader, so if you don’t have an advanced Adobe product, then one method is to cut and paste into a word-processing software to minimize retyping when redoing a form. Contact Jim Rogala with specific comments or if you need assistance with the forms


Burn Plan Fillable pdf file

Go/No Go Checklist  Form

Burn Crew Sign-in  Form

Burn Equipment Loan Agreement  Form

Landowner Burn Agreement  Form

Burn Volunteer Agreement  Form

Burn Contract  Form

Permission to Burn  Form

Any general questions regarding the policy and forms can be directed to TPE Executive Director Debra Behrens. Thanks!

Burn classes

Local TPE chapters periodically offer burn classes for crew members. These may be in-person or online classes and advertised by chapters.

A variety of courses, including NWCG certified classes, are listing by the WI Prescribed Fire Council (course listing)



Links to resources 

  • The WI Prescribed Fire Council has a wide variety of information and has links to fire-related resources.
  • WPFC has developed a fire crew primer
  • Wayne Pauly’s publication ‘How to Manage Small Prairie Fires’ download pdf.