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Prescribed Burning Guidelines
in the Northern Great Plains


Fire setting and confinement equipment


The following list provides a checkoff of items needed to set, contain, or extinguish grassland fires. We have placed asterisks beside the items necessary to all crews. The items without asterisks are optional or may be practical only on large burns.

Matches and/or sparkers*
Two-way radios (vehicle and portable)*
Flappers*
Rakes or hoes
Shovels
Fusees
Torches (drip or propane)*
Backpack pumps
Fire extinguisher (all vehicles)*
Extra torch fuel*
Extra engine fuel and oil*
Wire cutters (all vehicles)*
First aid kits and air splints*
Fire shelters*
Maps of burn unit and locale*
Drinking water*
Aerial ignition devices
Helitorch
Smoke masks, respirators
Goggles (chemicals)
Binoculars (1 pair/vehicle)
Fire pumper units*
Water tanker unit
Foam unit
Tool kit*
Bulldozers
Road graders
Tow chains, cables, or ropes*
Handyman jacks*
Chain saw
Chemical retardants (wet or dry)
Wetting agent
Belt weather kit*
Hard hats*
Tractor plus plow or disk
Safety clothing, e.g., Nomex*

As an additional precaution, extra sets of the necessary (*) items or an equivalent item should be kept on hand by each crew. A long handled scoop shovel is equivalent to a flapper; a road grader with blade is equivalent to a tractor and plow. Sometimes, budget and manpower constraints can be offset by equipment substitutions.


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