If you want a southern pine forest, you have to burn every few years to keep the other trees back,
and to keep the vines from climbing to the top as ladder fuels.
Start, spread, finish
This was a burn around the house, also to reduce the likelihood of wildfires
or our other burns getting to the house.
Might be prudent to do it in less than five years, since there was a lot of raking to be done this time.
That’s why we took two days to do this five acres.
But we did it with one match. No gasoline or diesel to spread the fire.
Just flaming pine straw on rakes. Continue reading
We burn so the longleaf and the other pine trees can flourish.
Smoker and little longleaf
Some bits of wood smoke for a while after the fire.
Don’t worry: in a few weeks, the whole burned area will be green again.
The frogs sang as the sparks flew upward.
Night, dusk, start
This one could be my favorite: Continue reading
This’ll wake you up, when it finds you in your morning firewood.
Cold but still stung
Trust me on this.
It’s that time of year.
Heat and light
Plenty of dead oaks to cut up for firewood.
That’s good, but also troubling: too many dead trees due to spells of drought and heat.
a brief video: Continue reading
Around Okra Paradise Farms this morning.
Beautyberry with boats, bananas, and wood fire
And I keep pulling up Continue reading
appears to be a
This Thryothorus ludovicianus
didn’t seem to mind that I was three feet from it. Continue reading
Dogs like water more than fire.
Yellow Dog and camouflaged Brown Dog
And yes, Gretchen was putting out fires with a coffee cup and swamp water.
But she found something unexpected. Continue reading
Here’s why we should have burned this patch last year, but unfortunately weather didn’t cooperate.
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. Continue reading