Salmonid Restoration Federation

Fire & Fish

Prescribed Fire and Cultural Burning Resources:
Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (Trex) Programs-
  • In 2021, SB332 changed the liability standard for fire suppression costs related to prescribed fire.
  • In 2023, the state of CA announced a $20 million Prescribed Fire Claims Fund, which will act like a state-backed insurance pool for prescribed/cultural burners and provide coverage where it has been lacking. To learn more, visit here.
  • Prescribed and Cultural Fire Practitioners Certification Program: The California State-Certified Burn Boss (CARX) Program, provides special benefits and protections for those who are certified. See this PDF for more information.


Fire Retardant in Waterways:
Additional Reading:
Seeing the Fish for the Fire. Lenya Quinn-Davidson, EssayLandscape Treatments. Aug 24, 2023 
Wildfire Smoke Cools Summer River and Stream Water Temperatures. Water Resources Research. David, A.T., J.E. Asarian, and F.K. Lake. 2018.
*Abstract only. No freely accessible online full-text version.
Factors influencing fire severity under moderate burning conditions in the Klamath Mountains, Northern California, USA. Ecosphere, 8(5), B.L Estes, E.E Knapp, C.N Skinner, J.D. Miller, and H.K. Preisler. 2017.
Managed Wildfire Effects on Forest Resilience and Water in the Sierra Nevada. Ecosystems. Boisramé, G., S. Thompson, B. Collins, and S. Stephens. 2016. 
Wildfire may increase habitat quality for spring Chinook salmon in the Wenatchee River subbasin, WA, USA. Forest Ecology and Management, R.L. Flitcroft, J. A. Falke, G. H. Reeves, P.F. Hessburg, K. M. McNyset, and L. E Benda. 2016.
Fire and fish: A synthesis of observation and experience. B.E Rieman, R. E. Gresswell, and J. N. Rinne. 2012.
Long-term perspective on wildfires in the western USA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, J.R Marlon, P. J. Bartlein, D. G. Gavin, C. J. Long, R. S. Anderson, C. E. Briles, et al. 2012. 


From the 40th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference in Fortuna, CA (April 25, 2023)

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