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Fire rejuvenates prairie land

April 26, 2014
By Garry Brandenburg , Times-Republican

PRAIRIE FIRE did its job of reinvigorating the grasses and forbs at the Grimes Farm. If you were one of the public watching in person, you saw how the fire proceeded in an orderly manner to burn only what was required. To do so requires a bit of preparation. That preparation includes establishing fire breaks, lines of areas with either closely mowed pathways, or in the case at the Grimes Farm, using existing hiking trails or bike path segments. These fire breaks have reduced or no fuel load. A fire cannot go through an area if there is nothing to burn. And if a fire does try to crawl into or through a previously mowed fire break, the flame height is very low. These situations are monitored closely and if needed, a flapper tool pats out the oxygen of the small flames. And in case of a need, the MCCB staff used a water supply under pressure to spray water on small fire line encroachments.

 
 

 

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