Wildland fire professionals from around the world will descend on Pickens, South Carolina on Oct. 29 to set up a home base from which they will venture into five counties on both sides of the N.C./S.C. border to conduct prescribed burns, also called controlled burns, at more than 40 locations.
The purpose of the training is twofold: • Build capacity for more prescribed burning in the mountains by providing professional training for practitioners of multiple skill levels; • Reduce accumulated fuels to minimize negative impacts of future wildfires while also enhancing wildlife habitat. Participants will learn, practice and share knowledge, skills and experience in a unique, hands-on training environment. TREX will focus on the ecological, social, communications and operational dimensions of planning and implementing controlled burns. Fittingly, the Southern Blue Ridge TREX, only the third of its kind held east of the Mississippi River in the program’s 10-year history, takes place during the two-year anniversary of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock, S.C., and the Party Rock Fire at Lake Lure, N.C.
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