|Map of tract, Image Mark Musselman|
Therefore, after clearing the nature center's driveway of fallen trees and the fire break around the GP tract of several stout fallen oaks, we sent out a call for volunteers to help with the prescribed fire on Friday.
|Volunteers! (l to r) Bob, Bob, Michael, and Joe; Image Mark Musselman|
|Test fire, Image Mark Musselman|
Being satisfied with the fire behavior at the test fire site, we used drip torches to light a line of along the line 2-6. We chose to burn unit A first as it is the closest to the highway and completing it before conditions changed was preferable. Additionally, unit A had been burned two years ago, while unit B had not been burned for 6.5 years, which meant that there would be more fuel on the ground in unit B and the possibility of a larger fire. With a swamp full of water to the west and a burned out unit A to the east, a larger fire in unit B would be easier to contain. As the fire slowly backed into the wind from the eastnortheast within unit A, we began lighting spot strip fires at 20-meter intervals toward the highway. Below is an example from later in the day when we burned unit B.
|Spot strip fire in unit B, Image Mark Musselman|
|Spot strip fires burning (left), burned unit A (right), Image Mark Musselman|
At the end of the day, approximately 75% of the 21 acres burned and no smoke reached the highway. Success!
|Burned unit A, Image Mark Musselman|
|Burned area between units (see volunteer image above), Image Mark Musselman|
|Smoke free!, Image Mark Musselman|