Content tagged "fire"

What fire ant control measure can I use in my vegetable garden?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 19, 2016

Various fire ant control products are labeled for use in the vegetable garden. Only a few bait products are currently approved for use in the home vegetable...

Fire Ecology in Aspen Forests

Prescribed Fire Updated: November 25, 2015

By Paul Rogers, Utah State University Aspen has conventionally been thought of as "fire dependent," meaning that it requires forest fires to thrive. The...

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Wildfire Updated: November 18, 2015


Are fire ants attracted to electricity?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

There is general consensus that when fire ants and other ant species get shocked, they release pheromones that attract other worker ants to the site. Those...

How do fire ants affect other animal populations?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

In areas where fire ant populations are very high, the ants may reduce populations of other ground-dwelling insects. This includes some native ant species,...

Does gasoline kill fire ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Gasoline probably will not kill the entire fire ant colony. Gasoline is highly repellent to ants and is likely to cause them to relocate. However, gasoline...

How deep are fire ant colonies?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants live in an extensive network of tunnels in the soil. How deep this network extends into the ground depends on age and size of the colony, soil...

Does an effective fire-defensible space require a lot of bare ground around my house?

No. While bare ground would certainly provide an effective fire-defensible space, it is not necessary and looks bad. Bare ground may also cause soil to...

Burning Safely and Effectively

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 28, 2014

Several things must exist for a person to consistently conduct safe and effective prescribed fires or controlled burns. These include appropriate education,...

Prescribed Fire Equipment

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 28, 2014

The minimum equipment needed for every prescribed burn include ignition devices, fire suppression, communication, and personal safety apparel. Other...

How wide should a firebreak or fireguard be?

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 03, 2014

There is no set standard, but it should be wide enough for the fuels along the boundary of the burn unit. Typically a bareground line 4 to 10 feet wide is...

When is the Best Time of Year to Conduct Prescribed Burns?

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 22, 2013

One of the main questions many land owners and fire managers often ask about prescribed burning is when is the best time of year to burn? This will vary...

Evacuation Preparations for Your Livestock

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Prepare before the fire occurs by keeping the corrals and barns free of fuel (vegetation or hay) and have halters or facilities to load and remove the...

Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual, is a book that was written to fill a gap in fire literature and provide new and experienced prescribed...

Using Prescribed Fire to Control Ticks

Beef Cattle Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

Troublesome pests such as ticks can be controlled with fire. However, for most parasites, control by fire lasts only for one growing season post-burn.Many...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Are fire and grazing interrelated?

Prescribed Fire Updated: January 29, 2013

Yes, grazing animals preferentially forage on recently burned areas due to the increased palatability of new and re-sprouting vegetation. As a result, fine...

How does fire impact grazing?

Beef Cattle Prescribed Fire Updated: April 12, 2012

Recently burned areas attract grazing animals because of increased forage quality and palatability. Recently burned areas also have fewer external parasites...

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