The longer and colder than normal spring has extended our burn season by several weeks. Currently, we are projected to be burning into mid to late May, and according to the tentative prescribed burn list, we still have 6 burns scheduled. If the weather pattern changes soon and in favor of our prescriptions, then our windows of opportunity could increase, allowing us to complete the burns as prioritized on that list before collecting season begins. Those of you familiar with me, know that I am a strong proponent of prescribed burning, in both ecological restoration, maintenance of natural ecosystems, and removal of aggressive, non-native species.
On to the photos…
Bader Memorial Park Rx Burn, Unit 2
Fire behavior at this burn (once we were in the high fuel load areas), was in the neighborhood of 15-25ft. flame lengths, and a rate of spread during the head fire at 250-300ft. per minute. On average, the herbaceous fuels were fairly continuous in most areas of the burn unit and stood at 2-4ft. in height.
Pokorny Memorial Prairie, Colfax County, NE.
Pokorny is a 40 acre prairie, half restored (2003) and the other half unplowed. Surrounded on all sides by croplands and roads. A living piece of natural heritage in an otherwise highly fragmented world.
Rain began to fall lightly as we started mop-up operations, perfect timing to help wrap things up! And it was nice to see the head fire take on the ubiquitous Smooth Brome and consume most of that cool season fuel load.