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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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pre_burn_wait.jpgThe crew is restless187 viewsWaiting is sometimes the hardest part, but untill weather conditions reach what the burn plan calls for the chances of a good and safe burn are not good.
lighting_fire_5_atv.jpgLighting the fire with a drip torch and and ATV201 viewsLighting a large fire on foot - this one was 566 acres - takes a ling time and is hard work. While using an ATV is much faster, it is not as easy as it looks. Holding a full drip torch at arms length and steering an ATV on rough ground with one hand is tough. Its not long before your arm is ready to fall off. It also requires extreme caution to avoid setting the ATV or your leg and foot on fire. Let your arm sag or swing back and forth a little to much and those flaming drops can be a problem.
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.
crew_standing_scott.jpgBurn School participants and crew members wait, and wait, to get started209 viewsSometimes nature does not get things together quite as fast as people would like. Still, there were plenty of experience sharing discussions taking place that will make all of us safer and more competent burm managers.
flames_scott.jpgFlames188 viewsLet it burn!
burned_r.jpgAfter the burn683 viewsPhoto the taken after the burn, same day
back_fire_burning.jpgBack fire expands169 views
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