Prescribed Fire Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
Amanda Rau started working in wildland fire management as a member of a 20-person handcrew based in Springfield, Oregon in 1999. After finishing her undergrad in philosophy at the University of Oregon, she began to pursue a career in fire management, working for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, gaining knowledge and honing skills in fire suppression, prescribed burning, fire ecology, and pyrosilviculture. She studied Natural Resources at Oregon State University and completed a Masters in Natural Resources, Fire Ecology, and Management at the University of Idaho in 2012.That same year, she co-founded the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council, for which she has twice served as chair. Amanda has since worked as fire manager and burn boss for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Washington, assistant professor of practice specializing in regional wildland fire resilience for OSU Extension’s Fire Program, and in her current position as the Oregon Department of Forestry’s statewide prescribed fire coordinator.