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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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burn_boss_arrives.jpgThe Burn Boss Arrives (with the donuts)205 viewsThe Burn Boss has lots of stuff to coordinate and haul to the burn , not the least of which is the donuts, food, and drinks for his crew.
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burn_boss_pre_fire_crew_brief.jpgBurn boss briefs fire crew202 viewsPrior to lighting a fire the burn boss reviews the burn plan with the crew, including the site map, burn lighting sequence, and responsibilites of each crew member and makes sure everyone is in communication with each other. Safety is the main consideration.
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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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fire_crew_nomex.jpgCrewman equipped with Nomex clothing and equipment chest pack.279 viewsNomex clothing is fire resistant and ideal for presribed burning. 100% cotton can also be used but it will obviously burn so it is not nearly as safe. In no case should synthetic clothing be anywhere near a fire, it will melt into your skin. Also note the handy chest pack holding cell phone, radio, and safety equipment.
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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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fireguard_r.jpgFireguard657 viewsFire burning to fireguard that is disked black with no grass for fire to crawl across
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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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burning_into_the_wind.jpgBurning into the wind182 viewsA nice slow controlled fire. To much wind and things can get out of control in a hurry, to little and you can't get a burn. You have to understand weather and what's needed for a good safe burn. You need to check the fire weather forecasts from NOAA so you can anticipate the conditions you face on burn day. There is a link to NOAA on the home page of this site, check it out.

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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