Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains
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
These firebreaks have few inherent problems except for potential smoke problems
along roads or trails (Fig 27).
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