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Certified Pile Burner Course – Blountstown – August 8

A Florida Forest Service firefighter helmet, pack, and protective fire jacket. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones

The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and University of Florida IFAS Extension will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. This course will show you how to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently.  Most importantly, it could save a life.  If you burn piles regularly, don’t put off registering for this training.  When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn.  Also, certified pile burners are allowed to burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple day authorizations.  Don’t wait.  The number of trainings offered and attendance at each training are LIMITED, so register early.  This training will be held from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm at the UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County office in Blountstown, Florida.

Deadline for registration is July 31, 2018, and no refunds will be provided after that date.  There will be a test at the end of the session.  You must receive a grade of 70% or higher on the exam, and demonstrate a proper pile burn with your local FFS office to become certified.  Once you are certified it will be noted with your customer number, thus it is important for us to have the correct number.  To register, please download and complete the form in this FFS Calhoun County Pile Burner Registration Packet and return as directed, or call Peg Frith at 850-674-8323.  Preregistration is required to attend, and class size is limited.

The following information is required for registration:

  1. Your full name (to be printed on your pile burning certificate).
  2. Your mailing address (where you want the certificate mailed).
  3. Your Florida Forest Service Customer Number (It is the number you are required to give the FFS when you call in for your burn permits.  If you do not know your number or do not have a number, please call the Bonifay FFS office at 850-373-1801 to obtain or create one for you).
  4. Your email address (if you have one) and/or contact phone number.
  5. A check made out to:  “University of Florida” for $50.00.

For additional information please see the following links:

FFS Calhoun County Pile Burner Registration Packet & FAQs

FFS – Florida’s Certified Pile Burner Training Program



Author: Judy Biss - judy.biss@ufl.edu

Judy Biss is the Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent in Calhoun County, Florida

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