2019 Spring Cascadia TREX

Prescribed Fire Training Exchange

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 resource managers, and others interested in advancing their understanding of prescribed fire and fire-adapted landscapes. Participants will learn, practice, and share knowledge, skills and experience in a hands-on training environment.

Participants serve both as trainers and trainees, and in qualified firefighting positions on a burn team. We will 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. TREX is a two-way training and learning program, in which everyone is simultaneously a participant, teacher, and student.

Training Information

Training Dates: Sunday, April 28 to Friday, May 10, 2019

Location: Based out of Cle Elum, WA area with burning conducted throughout the forests of the Central Cascades.

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. Federal, tribal, state, local, contract, and volunteer fire personnel, land managers, scientists are encouraged to apply.


  • 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. Self-study materials for these courses can be offered to those who need them.

  • Must have completed arduous pack test within the last 12 months before arrival at TREX. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

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

Cost: $500 non-refundable registration fee.

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 increasing 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 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. 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 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 the TREX Program can be found here.

Apply to Cascadia TREX


Want to learn about future TREX events in Washington?

Contact Kara Karboski (kara@washingtonrcd.org)

Cascadia TREX is supported by the Washington Department of Natural Resources 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.

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