Prescribed burn season is fast approaching. A relatively early burn in the Red Hills started things off. The "Barby" burn was planned early in order to beat the green up of some cool season grasses to improve the effectiveness of the fire. A main goal was to try to finish killing as much of the salt cedar in the bottom land as possible. Improvement in the warm season grasses and available forage for cattle is expected and it will improve conditions for wildlife. The images take you through the process of a prescribed burn.
|Brian tests the drone which will be handy in observing the burn from up high.|
|The first ignition is a test fire. If the fire behaves as expected, the burn begins. The landowner, Bill Barby in the black cowboy hat, strikes the first match.|
|The backburn is ignited on the downwind side. Plenty of water sprayers are available to make sure the fire stays on the right side of the fire break.|
|As the other igniter, Ted gives some instructions.|
|Sometimes, old pieces of equipment can be a hazard with vehicles trying to maneuver around smoky ground. However, this picturesque old drill sits on the edge of the field and out of the way.|