Monday, September 16, 2013

Prescribed Fire Season Begins!

We recently visited the Matador Wildlife Management Area in Paducah, Texas to assist with a 40-acre prescribed burn.  It was a sunny day with light and variable winds, which gave us an exciting opportunity to observe fire-driven fire behavior.  Ignition and mop-up were completed handily on this operation, and everyone was home for dinner.
Ignition operations on an RX-burn at the Matador WMA

This was TTU graduate student, Rachel Granberg's first prescribed burn.  She spent her day conducting primary ignition ops, assisted by Robin Verble on secondary ignition and Seth Pearson as line boss.

Rachel Granberg lights a flank fire on an RX-burn at the Matador WMA

A special thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife and Derrick Holdstock for the opportunity to assist on such a great fire!  We look forward to a continued relationship with the TPWD fire program.

Flanking fire at the Matador WMA, September 2013

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