Michael R. Wetzel, A.C.F.

Michael R. Wetzel A.C.F.

Forestry & Controlled Burn Expert

Mike is a forestry expert with extensive experience in controlled burning. He provides investigations, reports, and testimony in personal injury and loss claims relating to pre-burn planning and site assessments, fire applications, and post-burn mop-up and assessments. He has additional experience in fire damage, smoke liability, and logging safety.

Mike has been conducting forestry prescribed burns in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions of South Carolina for more than 20 years. As a practicing professional forester and fire manager he has accumulated extensive knowledge of the use, application, and effects of controlled forest (woodland/natural areas) fires. His logging safety experience is drawn from his eight years with the logging safety oriented Forest Resources Association.

Mike is a South Carolina certified prescribed fire manager, a Georgia certified prescribed burn manager, a South Carolina Registered Forester, and a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester. He is a graduate of Colorado State University’s fire management program. Mike is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters and the Society of American Foresters.


Topics representative of Mike’s casework include:

  • Property damage from escaped controlled burns
  • Escaped prescribed fire liability
  • Logging debris projectiles thrown from harvesting machines
  • Felled trees falling on chainsaw operators