Content tagged "controlled burn"

Fire Prescriptions

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

A fire prescription is a set of conditions under which a fire will be set to meet land management objectives. It is based on scientific research and...

Kansas Produces Smoke Management Video

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

Dr. Carol Blocksome and others at Kansas State University have developed a video that explains prescribed burning in the Flint Hills region of Kansas to an...

Smoke Management for Controlled Burns

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

What are the components of smoke from wildland burning?All wildland fires produce smoke plumes that contain embers, particulates, nitrous oxides, and...

Design of Pumper Units for Prescribed Burning

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

There are many kinds and configurations of water pump units.  Functionality of the unit is the most important feature to be aware of. When designing a pumper...

FEIS (Fire Effects Information System) is easy to use

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

When planning a prescribed fire or understanding the results of a wildfire, it is important to define the desired fire effects.  Fire effects are defined...

2013 SRM Annual Meeting Plenary Session Recordings

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

In February the Society for Range Management held the 66th annual International meeting, technical training and trade show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Native...

Reduce Smoke Through Ignition Techniques

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

Reducing the impacts of smoke should be considered when planning a prescribed fire. Smoke management is not really about the reduction of emissions, but the...

Individual Cedar Control with Fire

Invasive Species Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

Prescribed fire is the most economical method to control ash juniper and eastern redcedar in the Great Plains. But many times these trees are too large by...

Flank Fire Demonstration

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 08, 2013

Here is a video demonstrating the ignition of a flank fire. http://youtu.be/lOFsHrHzXFc

Do prescribed fires prevent wildfires?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

Generally speaking, prescribed fire use is not intended to prevent wildfires. The idea of preventing wildfires is a misnomer. The potential for fire...

How does fire impact ticks?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

Ticks, chiggers, horn flies, and other external parasites can be reduced with fire. However, studies have shown parasite reductions are generally short-lived...

How do I manage smoke from a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

There are many methods and options that can be utilized to manage smoke from a prescribed fire.To minimize smoke problems:The National Weather Service fire...

Do I have a legal right to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

It depends upon the particular state and county in question. For example, some states have statutes that secure a property right for landowners to conduct...

What is a recommended wind speed to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

Although every burn unit is unique and requires a unique burn plan, in many cases, recommended wind speeds for conducting prescribed burns are 4 to 15 mph....

Under what temperatures should I conduct a prescribed burn?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

From a fire containment standpoint, temperature is not as critical as compared to relative humidity and wind speed. As rule of thumb, remember that as...

What time of the year should I conduct a prescribed burn?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

Prescribed fires can be conducted year-round anytime land or habitat management objectives can be safely achieved.Historically, fires occurred throughout the...

Do I need insurance to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 26, 2013

Insurance is not a requirement for conducting prescribed fires. There are a few states that have insurance requirements in their burn certification programs....

Can I burn with low humidity?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 26, 2013

Burning with relative humidity below 25% can be tricky as spotfires are likely and suppression becomes challenging. However, under certain circumstances with...

Has fire frequency changed in the United States over time?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 26, 2013

For most of the United States, current fire frequencies are longer than what historically occurred prior to European settlement. In part, this can be...

Is a controlled burn the same as a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 12, 2013

Generally speaking, the two phrases have the same meaning. However, technically speaking, prescribed fire is the application of fire in a burn unit to...

What weather conditions are important to consider when planning and conducting a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 05, 2013

The primary weather conditions to consider when planning and conducting a prescribed fire are relative humidity, wind speed and direction, temperature, and...

Will fire kill my hardwoods?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 04, 2013

This is a common question regarding burning in hardwood forests in the eastern U.S. The short answer is yes, fire can kill hardwoods, but fire can also kill...

How often should I burn my fields?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 04, 2013

When managing fields or openings for wildlife that use herbaceous openings, burn frequently enough to prevent plant succession and not allow woody species to...

What is the best fuel mixture to use in my drip torch?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 04, 2013

Gasoline, diesel, and kerosene are the fuels most often used in drip torches. Recommended mixture ratios depend on personal preference and ambient...

Can prescribed fire be used to manage Japangrass/stiltgrass/Japanese stiltgrass?

Invasive Species Prescribed Fire Updated: May 30, 2013

Japangrass (Microstegium vimineum) is a nonnative, invasive annual grass that is capable of overtaking forest understories in eastern U.S. forests. Fire is...

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