FirePoppy Consulting

Fire Management and Ecology Expertise

Dynamic Fire and Conservation Management


FirePoppy Consulting, LLC is a dynamic fire and conservation management organization owned and operated by Sasha Berleman, Ph.D.


With expertise in fire ecology and wildland fire science, combined with a background in prescribed fire and wildland firefighting, Sasha is a leader in fire and fuels planning and coordination for diverse organizations and agencies. Skilled services to this effect include, but are not limited to:

  • Burn plan and fuels treatment plan and prescription development;

  • Outreach and communications guidance and expertise;

  • Pre-fire mapping and risk assessment; and

  • Ecological monitoring plan development, conduction, and analysis.

Dr. Berleman provides consulting services in fire ecology, wildland fire science, plans and maps development, and relationship management.


Dr. Berleman earned her doctorate in wildland fire science from University of California at Berkeley conducting her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has participated in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010 and is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring”, “Squad Boss”, “Crew Boss” and “Firing Boss” qualifications. Her red card is hosted through The Nature Conservancy. Sasha was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew and still details with them every summer. She directs the regionally innovative Fire Forward program for Audubon Canyon Ranch. She has planned and organized many interagency private-land controlled burns, and served as an invited cadre member for the development and validation of the CA State Certified Burn Boss curriculum. Sasha has been featured as a subject matter expert in news media such as National Geographic and National Public Radio and is a board member of American Wildfire Experience, Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council, and Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council. She is also an ambassador of the internationally loved fire-pack company Mystery Ranch.

Dr. Sasha Berleman, Wildland Fire Scientist