Content tagged "controlled burn"

What is a prescribed fire association or cooperative?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 30, 2013

A prescribed fire association is a group of landowners and managers in an area who pool their resources, such as equipment and labor, to assist each other...

Is successful completion of a course or class required before conducting a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 30, 2013

Generally speaking as it relates to state laws and regulations for private individuals, there are no courses or classes that are required before conducting a...

Why do you want the wind blowing when you conduct a prescribed burn?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 29, 2013

On days winds are light they are also variable in direction. This creates a situation where fire and smoke are going in multiple and unpredictable...

Where can I get help developing a prescribed fire plan?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 29, 2013

There are numerous private organizations as well as state and federal agencies that may be willing to assist landowners with writing prescribed fire plans....

Am I liable if my prescribed fire escapes?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 28, 2013

The liability issue of an escaped prescribed fire goes back to individual state laws, and each state is different. Several states have a prescribed burning...

Does fire occur in wetlands?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 28, 2013

Yes, many wetlands do periodically burn, both from wildfire and prescribed fire. Many wetlands are only seasonally wet, so they are susceptible to fire...

Can I use herbicide, grazing, or mechanical methods rather than prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 28, 2013

This depends on your management goals and objectives. Consider the fact that fire has unique properties and different effects that cannot be completely...

Can prescribed fire be used to manage sericea lespedeza?

Invasive Species Prescribed Fire Updated: May 28, 2013

Fire is one management tool that can be used to control the dominance of sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata). Data from Kansas and Oklahoma suggests...

Where can I find or purchase a drip torch?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 08, 2013

Drip torches can be ordered through catalogs or online retailers – search for “drip torch”. Prices range from $135 - $180. An alternative to purchasing a...

What was the primary source of fires before European settlement of North America?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 08, 2013

Historically, fires in North America came from two primary sources, lightning and humans. See full length article for more detailed information.

Is the use of prescribed fire expensive?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 07, 2013

Using prescribed fire is generally one of the most cost effective land management tools available. The cost of burning depends on multiple factors. Principal...

If I burn during a drought, will I kill the grass?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 07, 2013

Native warm-season perennial grasses are generally adapted to and are rarely killed by fire. However, a lack of precipitation following fire can result in...

Can prescribed fires be conducted within city limits?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 06, 2013

In some cases, the answer is yes. Of course, from one city to the next, even within the same state, each will have its own unique set of ordinances and laws...

Do I need a permit to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 06, 2013

Requirements and permits necessary to conduct prescribed fires vary from state to state. For example, some states require a permit, while others simply...

Conducting Prescribed Fires

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 06, 2013

The use of fire in the United States has decreased since settlement of European immigrants. This decline in fire use is due to fear of fire, fragmentation of...

Controlling Eastern Redcedar with Prescribed Fire

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

 The use of fire has decreased since European settlement due to fragmented landscapes caused by farming and over-use by livestock. This has resulted in a...

Utilizing Prescribed Fire to Create “Food Plots”

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

Land managers often wish to plant food plots to increase forage or serve as an attractant for wildlife. At times this may be a beneficial practice,...

Weather Conditions for Controlled Burns

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

Although controlled burns can be conducted under pre-determined weather conditions, burns can be unsafe if the experience of the burn boss and crew is...

Using Prescribed Fire in Upland Hardwoods

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

Historical ContextThe historical occurrence and role of fire in upland hardwood systems, especially oak-dominated forests, woodlands, and savannas, is well...

The Effects of Fire Video Now Available

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

Do you wonder how fire impacts the native plant communities around you? The new video titled "The Effects of Fire" VT-1139, produced by Oklahoma State...

The Great Plains Fire Learning Network, Reconnecting People, Lands and Fire

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

The Fire Learning Network (FLN), is a cooperative program of the US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife...

Using Prescribed Fire in Loblolly Pine Stands

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 27, 2013

 Loblolly pine is widely distributed across the southeastern U.S. and is an important commercial tree species. It also provides a host of other values...

Managing Firebreaks for Wildlife

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 26, 2013

Managing native vegetation with prescribed fire should be an integral part of any land management plan. Maintaining adequate firebreaks is necessary to...

What is the rate of spread of a fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 24, 2013

Rate of spread is the amount of time it takes for the leading edge of a fire to travel from point A to point B, and is commonly measured in miles per hour or...

Livestock Weight Gain and Patch-burn Management

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 08, 2013

Achieving optimum livestock production on rangelands many times can conflict with wildlife conservation strategies that require lower stocking rates to...

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