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Agricultural Wildfire Behavior and Suppression

This course prepares farmers, ranchers and seasonal employees to respond to wildfires burning in crops and rangelands. Rural residents also benefit from this class if they live in areas where they may be the first to respond to a wildfire. By understanding how different fuels and crops burn on your farm, you can make more informed and safer decisions on where and how to suppress wildfires.

This class will also help rural residents and producers decide what types of equipment they should consider using to protect themselves and their property from wildfires. Even if you do not plan on suppressing a wildfire, the 8 modules in this course will provide you with the basic fire knowledge to keep you safe during an evacuation and help you know what to expect.

What You'll Learn

In this self-paced online course, you'll learn about:

  • Heat transfer and fire spread during wildfires
  • Wildfire behavior in crops and rangelands
  • Fuel types in agricultural areas
  • Firefighting equipment to consider for the farm and ranch
  • Wildfire hazards to human health
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for wildfires
  • Wildfire suppression tactics and safety
  • Completing an Oregon OSHA Job Hazard Analysis Form for wildfire suppression

Meet Oregon OSHA Requirements

The wildfire training in this course allows participants to meet new Oregon OSHA requirements for completing wildfire training before suppressing wildfires in crops and rangelands.

Funding for this course was provided through USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28587.

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On demand. Access any time.
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Online
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$25
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Wildfire Preparedness in Agriculture

On demand. Access any time.

Instructors

Jacob Powell

Jacob Powell is a General Agricultural Extension Agent with Oregon State University based in Wasco and Sherman Counties in north central Oregon. He has five years of experience with the Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Natural Lands Management with fire suppression and prescribed burning across a diversity of ecosystems. In addition, Jacob has fire teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant for fire management courses at the University of Montana. He has a M.S. degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana where he studied the feedbacks of the fire grazing interaction in the Northern Great Plains.

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