The frogs sang as the sparks flew upward.
This one could be my favorite:
It all started with one match. No petroleum products were used in the making of this fire.
I spread it with lit pine straw on a rake.
For those unfamiliar with prescribe burns or fire forests, if you want your southern pines not to be outcompeted by oaks, you have to burn every few years. Pines, especially longleaf pines, are fire tolerant. Small oaks are not.
This also cuts down on the underbrush, including Smilax and grape vines that form ladder fuels that can carry fires into the tops of trees.
We like Smilax, just not that much of it. The wildlife agrees, and there will be more animals as the forest floor greens up again without being so thick in vines and blackberry brambles. Even the rabbits like it not as thick as it was.
These are mostly slash pines, with some longleaf we interspersed, down next to the cypress swamp.
The cypress swamp itself is mostly cypress (pond and bald) and blackgum, with some loblolly pines.
And for one night it was a fire swamp.
Many more pictures are on the OPF website.