Welcome to the Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Council

Our mission is to serve as a venue for practitioners, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, tribes, non-governmental organizations, coalitions, and interested individuals to work collaboratively to promote, protect, conserve, and expand the responsible use of prescribed fire and cultural fire in the southern Sierra Nevada’s fire-adapted landscapes and fire-dependent landscapes, and to promote public understanding and acceptance on the ecological and cultural importance of burning.

Subscribe to the SSPFC email list to receive updates about our meetings and relevant information on prescribed fire in the region. We use the email list sparingly to send out updates about meetings and other relevant fire and air quality efforts in the southern Sierra Nevada region.

Notice of Closures and Cancellations

Due to recent health concerns with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UC Coperative Extension Office in the Mariposa Fairgrounds will be closed to in-person visitations for the time being. We are still working and would love to talk to you. Please call us at 209-966-2417 or email mdgarrett@ucanr.edu or smace@ucanr.edu. We will be checking messages regularly and will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Our Spring 2020 Encouraging Prescribed Fire on Private Lands Workshops and the accompanying burn days have been postponed at this time. Please check back for updates on rescheduling.

2020 Spring Prescribed Fire Workshops.pdf

Due to health and safety concerns with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the March 19 Prescribed Fire workshop and the accompanying cultural burn have been postponed until a later date.

SSPFC Leadership

John Mount, Chair

Central Sierra Historical Society

Chris Mallek

Spatial Informatics Group, LLC

SSPFC now recruiting committee members

Are you interested in becoming a steering or advisory committee member? Click here to check our list of current committee members, and contact us to get more involved.


  • Provide a focus for successes and challenges regarding prescribed burning in the southern Sierra Nevada region.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information regarding the appropriate application of prescribed burning and its effects.
  • Promote a general public understanding the role of fire in ecosystems, and the role of prescribed fire in ecosystem management.
  • Promote safety, training, and research in the art and science of prescribed fire.
  • Provide an open forum for discussions on prescribed fire practices, natural ignitions, cultural fire, smoke applications and management, regulations, and policies as a means to encourage the use of prescribed burning.

Please contact ssierrapfc@gmail.com or go to our contact page and send us a message.

Banner Photo - Illiloutte Basin, Yosemite National Park. Photo Credit: Marc Meyer