Monday, March 31, 2014

Burn season continues!

March has been a fire-filled month in the lab.  We have assisted on several prescribed burns in the Texas Panhandle with a variety of agencies.  In particular, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Lubbock Lake Landmark, and several fire departments have been gracious teachers, strong leaders, and great examples for the students.  These professionals probably don't realize the huge impact that they make when they take the time to teach, train, and educate my students.

We've burned about 1500 acres since I last posted, so here are a few more photos from the season:

A 900 acre prescribed burn at the Matador WMA as seen from space (Photo courtesy of Derrick Holdstock and the National Weather Service)

Juniper bush torching near the fire line on a 300 acre prescribed burn at the Matador WMA

Cameron Ward, Colton Laws, Ryan Tedford, Heather Williams, and Kristen Linnier getting ready to head out to a 40 acre prescribed burn at the Matador WMA

Tumbleweeds ignite on a 95 acre prescribed fire at Lubbock Lake Landmark.  This property is within Lubbock city limits and posed unique challenges as a result.

Flowers completely unburned during a prescribed burn at the Matador WMA.  This never ceases to amaze me.

Smoked in on the south line at the OX Pasture Burn

Greg Pavur lights strips of fire at Lubbock Lake Landmark.  Photo credit:  Anton Gereau

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Prescribed Burn at the Matador WMA

This semester, I have been teaching Prescribed Burning to thirty enthusiastic and wonderful students. They have been completing training in line with NWCG Type 2 Wildland Firefighter standards, pack testing, and doing field exercises to prepare for future careers in fire.

Derrick Holdstock, Texas Parks and Wildlife Region 1 Fire Coordinator, invited us to attend a prescribed burn at the Matador WMA near Paducah, TX last week.  We burned two forty acre research plots in beautiful weather.

Needless to say, the students were thrilled with this opportunity and obviously took away lots of lessons and invaluable experience.  Below are a few photos from the day's events:

Anton Gereau, Preston Kleman, Neil Estes, Heather Williams, William Knox, Glenn Greanya, and Brad Barker

TPWD employee building black on the back fire line

Neil Estes surveys the fire

Heather Williams prepares for ignition operations

Head fire 

Post burn

Neil Estes and Heather Williams mop-up a smoking tree