2019 Fall Cascadia TREX

Prescribed Fire Training Exchange

Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) is a two-week program in the Central Cascade mountains in Washington that facilitates peer -to-peer learning for those interested in advancing their understanding of prescribed fire and fire-adapted landscapes. Participants learn, practice, and share knowledge, skills and experience in a hands-on training environment.

Each participant serves a trainee and trainer in qualified firefighting positions on a burn team throughout the event. We train with equipment, practice fireline leadership, learn about local fire ecology, fire management, and landscape restoration projects through field exercises, workshops, presentations, field trips, and yes, prescribed burning.

We are looking for fire professionals, natural resource managers, and others ready to learn and share their knowledge around prescribed

Training Information

Training Dates: Sunday, September 29 to Friday, October 11, 2019

Location: Based out of Cle Elum, Washington with burning conducted throughout the forests of the Central Cascade mountains.

Target Audience: This training is open to all who are interested in learning about prescribed fire and utilizing it as a tool within fire-adapted landscapes, including those who are not fire professionals. In the past we have had federal, tribal, state, non-profit, local, and volunteer fire personnel and land managers, as well as private contractors and international firefighters.


All participants must meet the minimum standards outlined below. If you are unsure what these requirements mean, how to complete them, or need assistance of any kind please contact us.

  • Must be current and qualified NWCG Fire Fighter Type 2 minimum or have completed NWCG courses S-130, S-190, L180, ICS-100b, I700A and can provide documentation. There are self-study, online materials for these courses for those who need them.

  • Must have completed arduous pack test within the last 12 months before arrival at TREX.

  • 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. Let us know if you have any PPE needs

  • Commitment to attend and participate in the 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. Lodging will be in bunk style accommodations, but participants should be ready and prepared to camp.

Cost: $500 non-refundable registration fee.

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Why Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX)?

The Cascadia TREX program is a direct response to the growing need to demonstrate local leadership and innovative solutions towards our common goals of inreasing 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, tribal, non-governmental organizations, and private individuals to achieve our shared goal of increasing the application of prescribed fire for ecological, economic, and human benefits.

What to Expect

This is a two-week training event. The program consists of approximately 2-3 days of classroom and field sessions, up to 8 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.

Day to day activities will change depending on conditions - we may burn one day, prep a burn unit the other, and attend a field trip the day after. As a participate your role may also change throughout TREX. You may be in a leadership position or you may be working to support the team to provide others the opportunity to lead and learn.

TREX 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 focuses on the following themes:

  • Ecological and social landscape of fire-adapted ecocsystems

  • Prescribed fire planning and operations

  • Training opportunities

  • Fire effects and treatment effectiveness monitoring

  • Communications, public outreach & media relations

More information about TREX can be found here.

Cascadia TREX Applications

Applications are due by Monday, August 12th, 2019.

There are limited positions available at Cascadia TREX.
Participant selection will begin mid-August and with notifications coming out shortly after.


Contact Kara Karboski (kara@washingtonrcd.org)

Cascadia TREX is supported by the Washington Prescribed Fire Council and Promoting Ecosystems and Fire Adapted Communities Together (PERFACT), a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service, and the agencies of the Department of Interior.

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 2019 Spring Cascadia TREX

April 28 - May 10, 2019, Cle Elum, WA

This spring marked the third Cascadia TREX and the first time we held the event in the spring. Once again based out of Cle Elum, WA the crew supported the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on the Cle Elum Ranger District.

2018 Cascadia TREX

September 23 - October 5, 2018, Cle Elum, WA

The second Cascadia TREX was based out of Cle Elum, WA. A hot and dry fall with multiple wildfires across the state meant the TREX crew went to the west side of the mountains to burn on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The crew burned 142 acres of native, fire-adapted prairies. Back on the east side of the mountains, the TREX crew, along with local fire partners, burned 41 acres of forest on private lands adjacent to the Roslyn Urban Forest.

 2017 Cascadia TREX

September 24 - October 6, 2017, Plain, WA