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Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains


Confining Fire


Flappers, backpacks, shovels, and rakes

We do not recommend trying to complete larger burns with only flappers, backpack water sprayers, shovels, and rakes, even though this equipment is required at most fires. Prescription fires can be contained with such tools alone (Fig 31), but costs in labor and time are great in proportion to the burn area.

JPEG -- Containing with backpack and flapper

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