Busy Burning

I apologize for not having a pithy and thought-provoking post this week.  I’m actually working on a couple different ideas, but was interrupted by a couple days of good prescribed fire weather.  We had a long day yesterday and today looks like it’ll be another.

I can at least post a few photos from our fires yesterday.  We completed a fire in one of our restored prairies that will be grazed this year, and then had time to light off a small island in a nearby restored wetland. 

Here are those photos:

Mardell Jasnowski lights the headfire near the end of yesterday's prescribed burn in a 2001 prairie restoration.   The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Mardell Jasnowski lights the headfire near the end of yesterday’s prescribed burn in a 2001 prairie restoration. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

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Big flames from tall grass.

Big flames from tall grass.  The burned area will be grazed intensively by cattle this season while unburned areas will receive little grazing pressure. 

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Burn crew member Aric Ping keeps the fire inside the mowed firebreak with a high-pressure spray of water.

Burn crew member Aric Ping keeps the fire inside the mowed firebreak with a high-pressure spray of water.

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Fire burns on a small island in a restored wetland.  The burn will encourage shorebird use this spring, suppress the growth of willow trees, and make it easier for us to find and control reed canarygrass this summer.

Fire burns on a small island in a restored wetland. The burn will encourage shorebird use this spring, suppress the growth of willow trees, and make it easier for us to find and control reed canarygrass this summer.