How expensive is the insurance these days?
I suspect insurance for a licensed commercial operator is expensive, but my interest is that of a Private license holder. If you have Texas Farm Bureau farm/ranch insurance, you are covered with insurance that meets the State Code. In fact, you can assist other landowners up to five times a year and they will cover you under the personal liability of your policy.
The reason for me pursuing certification is so that I can burn while my County is under a burn ban. It has not been an issue as of yet, but within the technicality of the State Code, I could be prevented from burning. What I have done to cover me to date is petition the County though it's Commissioners to allow me to burn during a ban. I submitted a typical burn plan, and a copy of my insurance coverage and my Commissioner said to call when I burn. I did that a couple of times, and he said I didn't need to call anymore. What is happening here is that I don't meet the State Code exemptions that would allow me to burn during a ban, but instead the County Judge through his Commissioners has granted me an exception to the burn ban.
That is now, you never know about later as Texas is changing. Just saw a statistic that 87% of our State's population lives in urban areas and 80% of agricultural lands in Texas are owned by only 1% of our State's population. You never know what is going to come down the road, but I've been watching the changes for that 1%, and it isn't good. Certification is just another thing in my toolbox.
The License (it's a "hater" tax) is high; $500 for two years, but I feel even with that, prescribed burns are the lowest cost way to impact your property for wildlife. Nothing else can get close in time or money. I know you get this, but others???