Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains
FIRE SITUATIONS THAT SHOUT "WATCH OUT"
(from 1980 Nat. Wildfire Coord. Group, Handbook No. 3, Washington, D. C.)
- You are building a fireline downhill toward a fire.
- You are fighting fire on a hillside where rolling material can ignite
fuel below you.
- You notice the wind begin to blow, increase or change direction.
- You feel the weather getting hotter and drier.
- You are on a line in heavy cover with unburned fuel between you and the
- You are away from a burned area where terrain and/or cover makes travel
difficult and slow.
- You are in country you have not seen in the daylight.
- You are in an area where you are unfamiliar with local factors influencing
- You are attempting a frontal assault on a fire with tankers.
- You are getting frequent spot fires over your lines.
- You cannot see the main fire, and you are not in communication with anyone
- You have been given an assignment or instructions not clear to you.
- You feel like taking a little nap near the fireline.
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