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Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains


Appendix E


Conditions requiring immediate burn plan adjustments.

RED FLAG SITUATIONS

(from Mobley et al. 1977)

IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS EXIST, ANALYZE THE SITUATION FURTHER BEFORE MAKING DECISION TO BURN.

1. No written plan
2. No map
3. Heavy fuels
4. Dry duff and soil
5. Inadequate control lines
6. No updated weather forecast for area
7. Forecast does not agree with prescription
8. Poor visibility
9. Personnel and equipment stretched thin
10. Prescribe burning large area
11. Communications for all personnel not available
12. No backup plan or forces available
13. No one notified of plans to burn
14. Behavior of test fire not as prescribed
15. Smoke sensitive area downwind

IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS EXIST, CURTAIL BURNING AND PLOW OUT EXISTING FIRE

1. Fire exhibiting erratic behavior
2. Wind shifting or other change in weather
3. Smoke not dispersing as predicted
4. Road or other sensitive area smoked in


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