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Lucky J Ranch


Case history of a successful burning program in pictures. This pasture is 566 acres in Victoria County Texas, 1/3 is claypan prairie, 1/3 is loamy prairie, and 1/3 is blackland rangeland. Target vegetation is McCartney Rose and Chinese Tallow trees, along with numerous other species. Original burn was in 2006 and was a CBPBA demo burn, a follow up burn was done in 2008 by landowner personnel and CBPBA members.

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Copeland Ranch


The 2008 CBPBA Burn School Demo Burn was held at the Copeland Ranch near Mineral in Bee County, Texas. The pasture burned was 235 acres of mostly grassland with some light brush. Fire guards were bladed. The burn objectives were to kill brush seedlings, improve vegetation quality, reduce the brush canopy and improve wildlife habitat.

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4_wheelers_waiting.pngATV's staged and waiting for the right conditions to light the fire.196 viewsThe temperature, wind and humidity need to be right before starting a burn, it was fairly late in the morning before we got what we needed on this one.
pasture_one_yr_later_2.jpgTwo years later209 viewsThe results were better than expected, especially considering the green fuel. Massive reduction in density (biomass) and you can walk through it now! The brown brush is either dead or top killed.
UV_spectators_smoke_scott.jpgCBPBA Burn School participants view fire232 viewsThe original Lucky J burn in 2006 was the demo burn day of a CBPBA Burn School. Participants viewed the entire process, often from ATV's and utility vehicles.
flames_scott.jpgFlames188 viewsLet it burn!
2_wks_post_burn_r.jpgTwo weeks after the burn687 views
fireguard_r.jpgFireguard657 viewsFire burning to fireguard that is disked black with no grass for fire to crawl across
kirk_pre_burn_inspect.jpgBurn Boss checking the site pre burn166 viewsThe Burn manager makes a final inspection run around the burn site before briefing the crew on current conditions and any thing he has cncerns about.
fire_wall.jpgFire wall174 viewsSome of the internal areas with more brush got to burning hotter and faster.

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wall_of_smoke_r.jpgWall of smoke763 viewsSolid wall of thick smoke indicative of a very hot fireAug 15, 2009
tallowtrees_r.jpgTallowtrees650 viewsMassive dead tallowtrees killed from the ground up (most were and still are) after the winter 2008 burn of the demo pasture.Aug 15, 2009
seedings_r.jpgSeedlings653 viewsSprouting was taking place from seeds shortly after the burnAug 15, 2009
fireguard_r.jpgFireguard657 viewsFire burning to fireguard that is disked black with no grass for fire to crawl acrossAug 15, 2009
2_wks_post_burn_r.jpgTwo weeks after the burn687 viewsAug 15, 2009
100_60_gal_spray_rigs_r.jpgTrailer mounted 100 gallon and UV mounted 60 gallon spray rigs795 viewsThese fire spray rigs come with the CBPBA Rental Trailer along with a couple of 25 gallon rigsAug 15, 2009
back_fire_for_black_line_r.jpgBack fire creates black line680 viewsCreating a black line with a back fire to contain the main fire not yet lit.Aug 15, 2009
burned_r.jpgAfter the burn683 viewsPhoto the taken after the burn, same dayAug 15, 2009