Mastication Research Burn Treatments

A fire whirl generated by the spring prescribed burn treatment in a masticated area
Spring prescribed burn treatment in a masticated unit.

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Spring
The spring prescribed burn treatment was conducted in April and May following leaf-out or the dominant vegetative species. All fires were backing with respect to slope and/or wind, utilizing drip torches and applying a combination of strip and spot ignition patterns. Twenty masticated and sixteen standing brush units were burned as part of the spring treatment. Ambient weather conditions and fire behavior were recorded by fire effects monitors.
 
Fire behavior during fall prescribed burn treatment
Fall prescribed burn treatment in a masticated unit

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Fall
The fall burn treatment was conducted in November after the first rains of the season. All fires were backing with respect to slope and/or wind, utilizing drip torches and applying a combination of strip and spot ignition patterns. Approximately 65% of the scheduled treatment units were completed before burning was halted due to rainy weather. Ambient weather conditions and fire behavior were recorded by fire effects monitors.

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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