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Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains


Appendix C


An example of a brief fire plan for a site that is part of a larger comprehensive burn plan such as shown in Appendix A.

A. Area Identification

  1. Coteau Prairie WPA, Deuel County
    Total Acreage - 320 acres
    Proposed prescribed burn acreage - 20 acres

    The area is original native sod. The prescribed burn will remove mulch, and increase vigor and density of the native grasses.

B. Burning Plan

  1. Preparation for burning

    The area will be burned as close to May 1 as possible. Wind will need to be in a southerly direction for smoke management. A 3-man burn team, using 2 drip torches, one 150 gallon pumper, and one 300 gallon sprayer will conduct the burn according to guidelines set forth in the Station Fire Plan. Estimated cost is $300. A phosphate line will be sprayed on the north, west and east sides of the portion north of the old road.

  2. Ignition

    Area north of road will be ignited first, beginning on the north side, followed by lighting the flanks from north to south.

    Area south of road will be ignited from the south side of the road.

  3. Holding or control

    A pumper unit will be placed on the east and west ends of the prescribed burn area. An escaped fire would be backfired from a phosphate line farther north on the WPA.

  4. Mop up

    The burn team will remain on the area an hour after the burn, using swatters and the pumper unit to extinguish any smoking residue within 100 ft. of burn perimeter.


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