Coastal Bend Prescribed Burn Association

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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
wall_of_smoke_r.jpgWall of smoke763 viewsSolid wall of thick smoke indicative of a very hot fire
2_wks_post_burn_r.jpgTwo weeks after the burn687 views
burned_r.jpgAfter the burn683 viewsPhoto the taken after the burn, same day
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.
fireguard_r.jpgFireguard657 viewsFire burning to fireguard that is disked black with no grass for fire to crawl across
seedings_r.jpgSeedlings653 viewsSprouting was taking place from seeds shortly after the burn
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.
lighting_fire_4.jpgWalking the drip torch313 viewsThere are some places you just can't light unless you are on foot.
fireguard_head_fire_r.jpgHead fire and disked fire guard296 viewsHead fire being lit along a fireguard (disked black) with spray equipment on standby
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.
back_fire_burning_2.jpgBack fire expands275 viewsWe burnt out the down wind side of the site with a back fire to provide a wide "black area" safety zone before lighting the head fires.
TNC_fire_trk_side.jpgNature Conservancy Fire Truck271 viewsThe Nature Conservancy (TNC) promotes and conducts prescribed burns on a world wide basis and owns some first class equipment. This truck is one example of that. Their people participated in this burn with CBPBA and they are a significant supporter of CBPBA.
atv_driptorch_rack.jpgATV Drip Torch Holder266 viewsThis drip torch holder mounts in the front rack of almost any ATV. Also note the end of the "flapper" wrapped around the basket.
TNC_fire_trk_rear.jpgTNC fire truck from the operator's end236 viewsAnother view of the TNC truck.
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.
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.
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.
smoke_horizon_brush_before.jpgSmoke on the horizon221 viewsView of early fire smoke from the other end of the 566 acre pasture
burning_1.jpgStarting to burn220 viewsThis site has dense brush so thick it is impossible to walk through. It consists of McCartney Rose, Chinese Tallow trees, huisache and some mesquite. We expect the burn to open up the site, increase accessibility, jump-start secondary plant succession, improve wildlife habitat, and improve the quality of the existing vegetation.
lighting_fire_3_dense_brush.jpgFire is getting started211 viewsNote the brush in the background, that is the "before" shot. Check some of the other photos for how it looked two years later. Fire is not a one time treatment, it has to be repeated for long term results. Use of a herbicide will also help. The initial burn top killed many of the large tallow trees, but they are resprouting and also regenerating from seed. The master plan calls for burning every 18 months to two years untill we can apply a herbicide. Burning has made that process much easier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
finally_light_it_up.jpgChecking fuel moisture201 viewsFuel is green and moisture is still be a little high, a crew member does a test light to check it out.
crews_all_here_waiting.jpgMore waiting201 viewsThis was a CBPBA demo burn and we had a big turn out, lots of time to discuss the plan for the day and to swap stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
burn_crew_heads_out.jpgTorch men head out to positions193 viewsFire crews on ATVs and utility vehichles head to assigned positions to start the fire.
lighting_fire_2.jpgMore drip torch work193 viewsSeveral crew members light their assigned areas at the same time, or at a later specified time, to control how the fire is allowed to spread and to keep it under control.
flames_scott.jpgFlames188 viewsLet it burn!
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.
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