2023 Plumas Cal-TREX


Plumas County and PUC are excited to host and support the fourth Plumas Cal-TREX event! Through this event agencies, NGOs, and others will be able to receive training and assist in implementing prescribed fire on public and private lands throughout Plumas County.

What is a TREX? Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) and cooperative burns provide experiential training that builds robust local capacity for fire management and offers professional fire practitioners a more holistic perspective—while implementing treatments that support community and landscape objectives.

Target Group: The event is open to individuals who are  interested in learning and sharing their knowledge of prescribed fire.  The event will be focused on local capacity building.

The Plumas Cal-TREX training includes several components:

1) February 24-26: Cancelled due to inclement weather and travel concerns.

2) March 24: Arduous work capacity test (pack test) and annual fireline refresher (RT-130).

3) March 25-26: Pre-fire training. This weekend will focus on hands-on learning opportunities and developing crew cohesion. Exercises will incorporate equipment utilization, weather and fuel observations, fireline leadership skills, and information about local fire ecology and fire management. *If this weekend falls during a burn window there will be potential to utilize live fire.*

4) After the scheduled training weekends, participants will be on call for prescribed fire training opportunities as burn windows become available throughout the year.

5) Monthly classroom and field-based training opportunities, including NWCG certifications (See questions below for potential offerings).

Participants are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend the initial training weekend. This registration form is required for participation in any or all of the training options.

Registration is $25. This covers participation in any/all of the activities offered as part of the TREX event, unless otherwise noted (In particular the Wilderness First Aid course).

All components of the training will be organized as an incident and will utilize the Incident Command System. Participants will serve on a burn team and will assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, fire effects monitoring, mop-up, and patrol on prescribed burns throughout Plumas and Butte County.  The work will take place in diverse ecosystems, including on lands managed by the Plumas National Forest and on private lands.

• All participants must have insurance (e.g., workers’ comp or health) to cover any injury they may sustain during the training exchange.
• Participants should come with all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including fireline-approved boots (all leather work boots, 8-inches tall, non-slip soles, no steel toe), a new generation fire shelter, headlamp, hard hat, Nomex clothing, leather gloves, eye protection, and canteens for drinking water. If you do not have full PPE, we can arrange for you to borrow some. Please indicate your need when you register for the event.
• Participants who are interested in burning on federal land must be a current FFT2 or have completed NWCG courses ICS-100, S-130, S-190, L-180 and FEMA course IS-700. A work capacity test and a practice shelter deployment will be offered prior to the event to those who need it.

Logistics: Meals will not be provided, unless otherwise communicated prior to a specific training opportunity. Camping is available, but please keep in mind that the weather may be very cold. All participants are expected to be self-sufficient (food, water, camping gear) for the training period. The most up-to-date Covid-19 safety protocols will be adhered to, which may include mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Participation may be limited to individuals traveling from low-risk areas and/or those willing to practice isolation prior to the training weekend.

*Please Note: There are components of the training that have participation caps. Registration does not guarantee admission. You will be contacted prior to the event to confirm your spot in specific components of the event. The registration fee will be collected after confirmation of your participation.*

Questions: Email Julia Sidman with any questions