We are behind on our burn schedule this year. The weather hasn’t been great for carrying out safe and effective burns, so we’ve only gotten a few done. Our prescribed fires are always part of broader management plans, often including cattle grazing, so we have specific objectives for when and how we want a site to burn. Some plans call for a dormant season fire, other call for a growing season fire. This spring, we’re already transitioning into the growing season and still have some dormant season fires that we didn’t get done between November and March. That means we’ll have to adjust our management plans for those properties (as we often do).
During periods of wild weather variability such as those over the last several months, completing a burn is even more satisfying than normal. Here are a couple photos from a recent fire we used to set up patch-burn grazing and facilitate over-seeding of a degraded prairie.