Prescribed burn, 1.6 acres planted pines 2020-02-24

Here’s why we should have burned this patch last year, but unfortunately weather didn’t cooperate.

[Why frequent burning is necessary]
Why frequent burning is necessary

If we didn’t burn, eventually what we’d get would be an uncontrolled wildfire with much worse flareups than that.

Somebody always complains about burning woods. Let the Longleaf Alliance explain the benefits of fire in a southern pine forest.

It started easy this year.

[One match]
One match

Wildlife such as deer, quail, and gopher tortoise don’t like dense underbrush. Burning fixes that.

Flaring up in thick undergrowth:

[Demonstrating why should have burned last year]
Demonstrating why should have burned last year

As you can see, a prescribed fire like this moves slowly enough that any wildlife in the way can move ahead of it. And come back to a refreshed forest that will be green again within weeks.

It went mostly low, a foot or two high flames, like it should.

[Going good]
Going good

Fast, too, with a nice south breeze. By fast I mean it took an hour and ten minutes to get this far. Any wildlife easily moved that couple hundred feet in that time.

[That part was quick]
That part was quick

Part done, more burning.

[Across the cross driveway]
Across the cross driveway

This is about 1.6 acres of planted pines: longleaf by the road, and slash and loblolly farther back, towards a cypress swamp.

Here are some more pictures. Click on any small picture to see a bigger one.

South end

I admit I used a second match to start this end.

[Slower with oak leaves]
Slower with oak leaves

Vines

[Yellow jessamine and Smilax]
Yellow jessamine and Smilax

West by the swamp

[Coming this way]
Coming this way

Took two hours from start to finish, 2PM to 4PM.

[The desired result]
The desired result

Thanks to the Lowndes County Fire Department for showing up after it was done, noticing the firebreak, and calling to say they were just doing their duty, not trespassing.

-jsq

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