Content tagged "controlled burn"

Burning in the Growing Season Effects on Grass

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 08, 2013

When land managers start a prescribed burning program they often wonder whether fire will kill their grass, particularly during the growing season. To answer...

Fuel Mixtures for Drip Torches

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 08, 2013

Drip torches are a great tool to light prescribed fires. They are relatively light and they allow a person to be more mobile than with many propane...

Types of Fire

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 08, 2013

There are many different techniques that can be used when lighting prescribed fires. The types of fire produced depend upon ignition technique and direction...

Influence of Fire on Grazing Distribution

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 05, 2013

Bison selecting post-fire regrowth (foreground) over dormant, unburned vegetation (background). Photograph by Stephen Winter.Fire is a primary driver of many...

Joint Fire Science Program Regional Fire Consortia

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 04, 2013

Regional fire consortia serve as a link between regional stakeholders, managers, practitioners, and scientists.  The consortia are funded through the Joint...

Prescribed Fire Associations

Prescribed Fire Updated: February 13, 2013

Land managers across the country often have four primary reasons why they do not use prescribed fire which are: liability, limited training or experience...

What is Patch Burning?

Prescribed Fire Updated: February 13, 2013

What is Patch Burning?Patch burning (patch-burn grazing) involves the combined use of fire and grazing for ecological or agricultural goals within landscapes...

What is a fire regime?

Prescribed Fire Updated: February 07, 2013

Fire regime is a term used to characterize the frequency, extent, intensity, severity and seasonality of fires within an ecosystem over an extended period of...

What equipment do I need to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: January 30, 2013

The following list provides an inventory of the basic equipment typically used on most prescribed fires. However, because no two burn units and therefore...

Should I be worried about my neighbors conducting prescribed fires?

Prescribed Fire Updated: January 30, 2013

Well, that depends upon your neighbors – just kidding. If your neighbor is genuinely conducting a “prescribed fire”, the answer is, generally, no. The term...

How many people do I need to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 20, 2012

The number of people needed to conduct a prescribed fire varies depending upon numerous factors such as size of burn unit, complexity of burn, fuel type(s),...

What clothes should I wear to conduct a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 19, 2012

Personal safety is a primary concern on every prescribed burn. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts provide personal protection from embers and radiant heat....

How does fire affect woody plants?

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 11, 2012

Multiple biotic (e.g., plant vigor) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate) interact to affect how woody plants respond to fire. Generally speaking, woody plant...

What is a spot fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: September 25, 2012

The term spot fire describes a fire ignited outside of a burn unit as a result of a windborne ember (sometimes referred to as a firebrand). Prescribed fire...

What is a prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: September 19, 2012

A prescribed fire is the application of fire to the land under specified conditions with the fire confined to a predetermined area (the burn unit) to...

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