Prescribed fire is a SAFE way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk.

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Attention all:

We are in the process of  designing a new web site and ask that you be patient. We are currently talking to a web designer and hope to begin soon. Meanwhile, we will try to keep you informed on any happenings that would be of interest. We look forward to providing you with a better, more functional web site with a lot of added features so it will be much easier to navigate.

Below is the Code of Ethics that has been developed by our board to provide guidance for all Certified Burners in the state. We are already following these guidelines.


Code of Ethics for Prescribed Fire Burners.

  1. Be a trained ” CERTIFIED PRESCRIBED BURN MANAGER” in the STATE of Alabama.
  2. Prepare and follow your burn plan…Do not take shortcuts.
  3. Always obtain proper burn authorization.
  4. Know and follow burn laws and regulations in Alabama.
  5. Be a good neighbor. Before burning, notify adjacent landowners and landowners known to have medical conditions that would worsen if there is smoke.
  6. Minimize public impact. know where your smoke is going and will be going later in the day.
  7. Maintain a reasonable margin of safety.
  8. Maintain situational awareness; always plan for contingencies.


               MY Fire, MY Smoke, MY Responsibility, wherever it goes. (Kent Hanby)



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” As a Burner, be a good Neighbor “
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Success Stories

Enon-Sehoy Plantation Uses Prescribed Fire to Improve Quail and Red-cockaded Woodpecker Habitat
• Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)
• Alabama Forest Resources Center (ALFRC)
• Auburn University (AU)
• Private Forestry and Wildlife Biology Consultants
• State Historic Preservation Organizations
• U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
• U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
Prescribed fire treatment area at Enon-Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.

Enon-Sehoy Plantation, located in the Alabama Upper Coastal Plains, is a recreational, quail hunting property renowned for its open-story pine trees and diverse wildlife. The 27,500 acre, privately-owned property contains widely spaced longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly, and slash pine forests (basal area of 15-60 square feet per acre) with diverse understory grasses and forbs, such as bluestem, switchgrass, and the federally endangered American chaffseed. The forests and understory vegetation support abundant wildlife, including deer, turkey, and quail, as well as the threatened Bachman’s sparrow and the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Within four years, the property’s red-cockaded woodpecker population grew from just 3 clusters to 29 potential breeding groups.

Widely spaced, or low basal area, pine forest managed for quail habitat at Enon-Sehoy Plantation, one to two seasons following prescribed fire. Credit: John Stivers.

The primary land management technique used to maintain the open canopy landscape and diverse wildlife at Enon-Sehoy is prescribed fire. Since optimizing quail habitat is the main objective for land management at Enon-Sehoy, a careful prescribed fire plan must be used to provide the food, shelter, and breeding grounds necessary for quail survival. Grasses and other understory plants regenerated by prescribed fire provide, not only vegetation, seeds, and insects necessary for quail nutrition, but also shelter from predators. This presents a challenge. Quail habitat is restored by fire, but quail are susceptible to predators without the protective cover of vegetation removed by fire. To achieve both goals of restoration and shelter, the property is burned every two years in a mosaic of 40-50 acre blocks. Burning a patchwork of smaller areas is more time-consuming but enables regeneration of important quail habit while maintaining sufficient shelter.

Prescribed fire treatment to right of road. Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.

Maintaining the Enon-Sehoy landscape with prescribed fire every two years has added benefits to surrounding communities. Dangerous wildland fire vegetation fuel is kept to a minimum through regular burns, thus protecting surrounding communities from wildland fire hazard. Less understory vegetation also equates to lower smoke production, a primary complaint of prescribed fire management by the public.

The plantation placed 18,000 acres in a conservation easement, which provided federal funding to assist in management of this portion of the property. In addition, Enon-Sehoy thins or clear-cuts, on average, 10,000 tons of wood per year. Forest harvests create and maintain additional quail habitat as well as generate income to continue management of the property.

Frequent prescribed fire at Enon-Sehoy has created not only a unique, treasured hunting preserve, but also a diverse habitat containing abundant wildlife and vegetation.

Prescribed fire treatment area to left of road, with unburned unit to the right of road. Enon-Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.
Diverse understory following prescribed fire treatment. Enon-Sehoy Plantation, Alabama. Credit: John Stivers.

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“The 2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Report is now available.”

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This is  late getting posted. I urge you to check the Facebook page for further info and photographs of Kent.

Richard Kent Hanby, Sr., 77, of San Angelo, Texas (formerly of Dadeville, Alabama) passed away at home on November 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Born in January of 1938 to Elizabeth Kent (of Birmingham, Alabama) and Dana Thornton Hanby (of Rolla, Missouri) in Buffalo, New York, the family moved while he was an infant to St. Louis, Missouri, where his sister, Marilyn Beth Hanby (Higginbottam) was born. In 1941, he and his mother and sister moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent most of his school-aged years growing up with his maternal grandparents, Margaretta Woods Kent and Herbert Stearns Kent, to whom he was very close. After graduating from Meridian High School in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1957, he served four years active duty in the United States Navy as a gunners mate technician, 2nd class from 1958 – 1961, including aboard the USS Kitty Hawk on its commissioning voyage around South America.

He attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, from 1962-1965, where he met and married his beloved wife of 52 years, Janice Louise Smith, in 1963. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Forestry Honors in 1965. Kent also completed a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University in 1971.

Kent’s forestry career spanned fifty years and many career moves, including a total of eight years working for Union Camp Corporation throughout the Southeast, 3 ½ years as a saw mill manager in Pomeroy, Ohio, and other management positions at forest product and equipment companies in Winchester, Kentucky, and Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, before he returned to Alabama in 1982, to work as state lands manager for the State of Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for over a decade. In 1993, he returned to Auburn to finish out his career working for his alma mater as Director of Student Services and instructor of Fire Management for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Services. He retired in 2003, but continued to teach Fire Management part-time and lead Alabama Burn Manager Certification workshops for the Alabama Forestry Commission until 2014.

Over their 52 years of marriage, Kent and Janice shared in the joy of being the proud parents of two daughters, Shawn (Hanby) Kent Hayashi (of Center Valley, Pennsylvania) and Evan (Hanby) Girard (of Evanston, Illinois), and two sons, Richard Kent Hanby, Jr. (of San Angelo, Texas) and Rodolphus Kent Hanby (of Goshen, Indiana), and the adoring grandparents of nine grandchildren: Catherine Elizabeth Hanby (of Dallas, Texas); Christina Bethany Hanby (of Raleigh, North Carolina); William Brian Hagan II (Center Valley, Pennsylvania); John Kent Girard, Benjamin Michael Girard, and Mary Katherine Girard (of Evanston, Illinois); Clara Elizabeth Hanby and Martha Anne Hanby (of Goshen, Indiana); and Scarlett Kent Hanby (of San Angelo, Texas).

He is survived by his wife, his sister, his children and grandchildren, a niece and nephew, and many cousins. He will be lovingly remembered by family, friends, colleagues, and students for his adventurous spirit and love of nature, forests and fire management.A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of San Angelo:







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Subject: The long awaited Cohesive Fire Strategy website has gone live!

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that the Wildland Fire in the South ( website has gone live.  We welcome you to explore the site and provide feedback.

Mike Zupko, formerly the Southeastern Regional Chair of the Cohesive Strategyand who guided this project, wanted all the southern success stories (Models for Action-MFA) to be tagged to “actions in the southeast”…hence the name, Models for Action.  To locate these from the main page, click on one of the 5 southern values (Firefighter & Public Safety, Property Protection, Marketable Products, etc.). At the bottom half of this next Value page there will be a list of “actions”.  Click on one of the actions and success stories related to that action will be listed on the right side of the screen.

Thank you for all your contributions!

Holly Campbell

Extension Associate

Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF)

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia


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Mission Statement

Mission:“To protect, conserve, and expand the safe use of prescribed fire on Alabama’s fire adapted landscape.”Purpose:a. provide a focus for issues and concernsb. facilitate communication and the exchange of informationc. provide a forum where all interested parties may participated. promote a general public understanding prescribed fire and distinguishing between prescribed fire and wildland fire, e. promote safety, training, and research in the art and science of prescribed fire, f. provide a forum for discussions on prescribed fire practices, and g. promote and facilitate an increase in acres treated annually with prescribed fire.