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Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange

Applications Closed - 2018 Cascadia TREX

Photo credit: Cheryl Barth

Photo credit: Cheryl Barth

Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) is back! The two-week TREX program in Central Washington facilitates peer -to-peer experiential learning for fire professionals, natural re- source managers, and others interested in advancing their under- standing of prescribed fire. Participants will learn, practice, and share knowledge, skills and experience in a unique, hands-on training environment.

Training Information

Training Dates: Sunday, September 23 to Friday, October 5

Location: This year Cascadia TREX will be based out of the Cle Elum, WA area and will do burning throughout the forests of the Central Cascades.


  • Must be current and qualified NWCG Fire Fighter Type 2 or have completed NWCG courses S- 130, S-190, L180, ICS 100b, I700A. Must have completed arduous pack test within the last 12 months. Don’t know what that means? Contact us for more info!
  • All participants must have insurance to cover any injury they may sustain during the training.
  • Participants should come with all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including fireline approved boots (all leather work boots, 8-inches tall, non-slip soles, and no steel toe), a New Generation Fire Shelter, hard hat, Nomex clothing, all leather gloves, eye protection, and canteens for drinking water. Some PPE may be available to borrow.
  • Commitment to the entire two-week training event.

Meals and Lodging: Meals and lodging will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel and meals to and from TREX.

Cost: $500 non-refundable registration fee to help offset food and lodging costs.

What is TREX?

The Washington TREX program is a direct response to the growing need to demonstrate local leadership and innovative solutions towards our common goals of increaseing the quality, pace and scale of fire-adapted ecosystem restoration and creation of fire-adapted communities. There is a need for collaboration between local, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations to achieve our shared goal of increase application of prescribed fire for ecological, economic, and human benefits.

This is a two-week training event. The program consists of approximately 2-3 days of classroom and field sessions, up to 10 days of live-fire operations, and final day of discussion and wrap-up. The exact schedule and mix of activities will be contingent upon weather and fuel conditions that will dictate when, where, and how training will take place. TREX cadre and operational staff will do their best to create as many position taskbook training and evaluation opportunities as safely possible. However, no guarantee can be made regarding the number of trainee assignments that will be available or the completion of position taskbooks during TREX.

Cascadia TREX will focus on five main themes:

  • Ecological and social landscape of fire-adapted ecocsystems
  • Fire effects and treatment effectiveness monitoring
  • Communications, public outreach & media relations
  • Prescribed fire planning and operations
  • Position taskbook training opporuntities

More information about the TREX Program can be found here.


Contact Kara Karboski (

Applications are DUE NO LATER than Friday, July 27, 2018.

Earlier Event: September 22
TREX Registration