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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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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_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.
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patrol_fire_lanes.jpgInspecting the fire guards206 viewsThe crew needs to keep a close eye on fire guards. Bladed guards like this one are best, it leaves a bare dirt surface with nothing that can burn. A disc can also be used but will require multiple passes, and it can leave areas where vegatation provides a fire trail from the burn zone to the out side. Also, fire can smolder under turned dirt for days with unpleasant conquences later.
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flames_scott.jpgFlames188 viewsLet it burn!
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fireguard_head_fire_r.jpgHead fire and disked fire guard296 viewsHead fire being lit along a fireguard (disked black) with spray equipment on standby
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2_wks_post_burn_r.jpgTwo weeks after the burn687 views
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fire_wall.jpgFire wall174 viewsSome of the internal areas with more brush got to burning hotter and faster.
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crew_review_burn_plan.jpgPre-burn conference164 viewsBurn Boss and crew dicuss the lighting procedure specified in the burn plan to be certain it still works with current weather conditions. A couple of "tweaks" and its time to light.

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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