2013 Bear Creek Project Prescribed Burn Workshop

On February 20, Richard McConnell and Jody Jones put on a prescribed burn workshop for 28 attendees at the Fair Play VoAg building.

Jody Jones, Wildlife Biologist for NRCS in Greenfield, was one of the speakers for the event.

Attendees join in with questions and comments.

Prescribed Burning can be used to accomplish many management objectives. Some of these include the following: stimulate warm season grasses, remove litter, control woody invading species, improve wildlife habitat, reduce vigor of cool season grasses, stimulate forbes and reduce wildfire hazard.

Planning, preparation, and timing of burns are very important factors to be considered. Due to the liability incurred with burning it is mandatory that all aspects of the burn be addressed and planned before the fire is started.

Benefits of prescribed burning include: Early soil temperature warming and growth, increased soil microbial activity releases needed plant nutrients, control woody plants, increase vigor and diversity of plant and animal life in prairies and restore vigor to glade and savannah communities.

If You Use Prescribed Fire, Do It Right

Prescribed fire takes time, thought and a commitment to see that you burn only what you want and when you want it. The two cardinal rules of burning are: (1) If you aren’t going to achieve what you want, don’t burn it, and (2) If you can’t contain it, don’t light it.

Prescribed Burn Checklist

Don’t Burn If:

You don’t have a written burn plan.

You can’t stay with the fire until it is safe.

You don’t have the needed equipment or people.

Your firelines aren’t in place and functional.

You don’t have the right weather or it is expected to change during the burn.

You haven’t contacted neighbors, the rural fire departments, and the Conservation Department.