Barry Callenberger – Wildfire Management Expert

With over 40 seasons of wildfire experience, Barry has worked as a firefighter, Hotshot Crew Superintendent, district fuels officer, Type I Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief, and as deputy regional chief for the US Forest Service in California. Since 1997, Barry has worked in the private sector, consulting on numerous wildland hazard mitigation and ecological restoration projects across the western United States.

As owner and principal of WILDLAND Rx, Barry has provided wildfire expertise to a wide range of clients including the US Army, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the US Forest Service, and numerous community-based firesafe councils in California and Nevada.  From 1997-2004 he ran the Prescribed Fire and Fuels Management Division of  North Tree Fire – a private wildland fire contracting company. In this role, he managed contracts for prescribed fire and fuels management, developed prescribed fire burn plans, provided direction on suppression approaches, conducted fuels analysis, and managed heavy equipment and burn personnel on prescribed burns and fuels projects.

Mr. Callenberger is skilled in the use of fire behavior analysis computer programs such as BEHAVE, FARSITE FLAMAP, NEXUS, FUELS MANAGEMENT ANALYIST PLUS, FIREFAMILY Plus, NFSPUFF, SASEM, RAMS, PCHA, IIAA, and FOFEM. To see a detailed C.V. for Barry, click here:

Planning Experience for Barry Callenberger

Region 5 USFS Hazardous Fuels Review
Evaluated the Fuels Management programs on 8 National Forests in California

Plumas Corporation, Plumas County Fire Safe Council
Validation of existing fuel profiles, analysis of expected fire behavior using BEHAVE and FLAMAP, identification and mapping of fuel treatment projects, and prioritization of fuels treatment projects for the county.

Tahoe Basin California Fire Safe Council
Developed a fuels treatment strategy for the seven fire protection districts within the Tahoe Basin. Presented the strategy to the fire districts and the community.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Forestry
Wrote a Fuels Management Plan and the necessary NEPA documentation for the Hoopa Valley Reservation which allowed them to create a funding stream for fuels treatment projects. Prioritized projects to provide wildland fire safety for resources and the community.

Angeles National Forest
Reviewed burn plans and assisted in development of fuel hazard reduction projects.

Amador County Fire Safe Council
Fuel reduction project layout and administration of contracts for fuels reduction. Write a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for town of Volcano.

El Dorado Fire Safe Council
Wrote a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Grizzly Flat and Central El Dorado communities. Developed evacuation plans. Conducted a Hazardous Fuels Assessment for Cameron Park.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cameron Park Fire District
Developed risk and hazard maps for Cameron Park and modeled fire behavior for community meetings using FARSITE and FLAMMAP

Army Corp of Engineers, Fort Ord – Monterey County, California.
Assisting the Corps and the Army Fire Department in developing a prescribed fire program for ordinance removal on an ongoing basis. Burn Boss and aerial ignition coordinator for prescribed fire program.

Tahoe Regional Planning Authority
Combined all the Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plans into one document.

Instructor for S490 Advanced Fire Behavior – US Forest Service

US Forest Service Klamath National Forest – Eddy Environmental Impact Statement
Participated as a subcontractor to Red Inc. on the development of an EIS on the Klamath National Forest. Provided fire behavior modeling and fuels and fire input to the document and developed a Fire Shed Assessment for the project area. Fire Shed Assessment is an interdisciplinary approach to modeling fire behavior and developing a collaborative approach to solving fire and fuels problems with the communities.

San Bernardino NF Environmental Assessment
Presently participating as a subcontractor to Tetra Tech in the development of three Environmental Assessments on the San Bernardino National Forest. Providing fire behavior modeling and fuels and fire input to the documents as well as the Air Quality section for the EAs.

Sheffield Reservoir feasibility study
Carrollo, Engineering, Santa Barbara, California.

Tahoe Basin Management Unit – Cathedral Prescribed Burn Environmental Analysis,
With Jones and Stokes Associates

Modoc National Forest – Medicine Lake Watershed Analysis,
With Environmental Management Associates

Shasta Trinity National Forest – Middle Hayfork Creek and Salt Creek Watershed Analysis
With URS Greiner Woodward

Carnegie SVRA – Alameda/Tesla acquisition project
Fire Protection section of the Environmental Impact Report
For Jones and Stokes Associates

US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest – Kingsberry/Rush and Crystal Adams
Fire and Fuels input, for Jones and Stokes Associates,

US Forest Service – Tahoe Basin Management Unit – Ward Management Area EA
Fire and Fuels input – subcontract with Jones and Stokes Associates

Morro Bay National Estuary Watershed Fire Management Plan

US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest – South Fork DFPZ EA
Fire and Fuels input

Ely and Elko District Nevada BLM
R.A.M.S. (Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies)

PG&E Consultant for powerline clearance, San Juan Bautista

Prescribed Fire Projects
Cadre leader and Instructor for the US Forest Service Prescribed fire Burn Boss RX 300 Class and Smoke Management – RX450. Taught students all aspects of Burn Plan development through proper layout of burns, developing resource objectives, and prescriptions. Rx 450 focuses on proper smoke management and smoke management plans

Las Vaqueros Prescribed Fire Burn Plan, Smoke Management Plan and Fire management Plan
For Contra Costa County Water District, Jones and Stokes Associates. Wrote the burn plan for a burn on the Las Vaqueros Reservoir for habitat restoration and fire protection.

Prescribed Fire Burns
I have participated in numerous prescribed fire projects as burn plan writer and Burn Boss. Project have included:

Understory burning on Plumas National Forest, for Soper Wheeler Co.,

  • Louisiana Pacific Timber Company,
  • North Fork association,
  • US Army Fort Ord. burn program since 1998 burning several UXO sites, and
  • Bureau of Land Management.

Barry is one of only a few private contractors that is currently qualified by the US Forest Service as a Prescribed Fire Planner and Burn Boss I.