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Lucky J Ranch


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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


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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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final_check_site_weather.jpgFinal check on the site weather195 viewsCrew menbers check temperature, wind and humidity - humidity did not decrease much until mid morning so fuel moisture stayed high - the chances of getting a good burn were iffy.
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lighting_fire_4.jpgWalking the drip torch313 viewsThere are some places you just can't light unless you are on foot.
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pasture_one_yr_later_1.jpgTwo years after the burn197 viewsAnother view two years later - the changes are striking. However, burning only kills the one and two year old seedlings. We did top kill many of the large tallow trees, but the majority are root sprouting and regenerating from seed, which is why it is important to burn every couple of years. Only after several cycles of burning does the small percentage of kill become evident. Summer burns may result in slightly higher kill percentages. Follow up treatment with herbicides increases the kill.
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after_the_burn.jpgThe afternoon following the burn228 viewsNo, thats not snow, it's ash from the biomass that was partially converted to fertilizer. The immediate after math of a burn can look pretty bleak, however, with a little rain and a few days time this property will look very different with lots of new grass and tender forage plants sprouting.
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flames.jpgAnd the flames get higher...232 viewsNot bad, considering the green fuel we started with - this burn and its follow up burn exceeded our expectations, it was a good one.
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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 rigs
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seedings_r.jpgSeedlings653 viewsSprouting was taking place from seeds shortly after the burn
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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.

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wall_of_smoke_r.jpgWall of smoke763 viewsSolid wall of thick smoke indicative of a very hot fireAug 15, 2009
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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
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seedings_r.jpgSeedlings653 viewsSprouting was taking place from seeds shortly after the burnAug 15, 2009
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fireguard_r.jpgFireguard657 viewsFire burning to fireguard that is disked black with no grass for fire to crawl acrossAug 15, 2009
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2_wks_post_burn_r.jpgTwo weeks after the burn687 viewsAug 15, 2009
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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
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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
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burned_r.jpgAfter the burn683 viewsPhoto the taken after the burn, same dayAug 15, 2009