Thursday, April 12, 2012

Finally, after months of waiting, Thursday, April 12 was burn day at Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
It has been very dry here and Tuesday was a Red Flag day, but Thursday dawned cool and not-too-windy.
A little bit more wind would have been helpful to oxygenate the burn more.  Trees have already leafed out, decreasing below-canopy advective and convective air movement.
There were no problems with the fire lines, and the burn was finished by 5 PM.

For more information about natural fire regime in Southeastern Piedmont forests:
Frost CC, Walker J, Peet RK. Fire-dependent savannas and prairies of the Southeast: original extent, preservation status, and management problems. Wilderness and natural areas in the eastern United States: a management challenge. Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State University, School of Forestry, Center for Applied Studies. 1986:348–357.

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