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Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains

Confining Fire

Fire confinement lines

Costs of fire confinement can be reduced if natural and artificial firelines such as highways, roads (Fig 27), trails, tilled farmland, streams, lakes, wetlands (Fig 28), and snowbanks are utilized in fire plans. These firebreaks are only usable if they conform with smoke management and other prescription planning. Many small grassland areas can be burned using only the available natural or artificial firebreaks.

These firebreaks have few inherent problems except for potential smoke problems along roads or trails (Fig 27).

JPEG -- Road firebreak JPEG -- Wetland firebreak

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