Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Prescribed Fire

 
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In order to protect forests and also people and their homes, land managers sometimes use prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel buildups. It is also used for disease control in young pines, improving habitat for wildlife, range management, preservation of endangered plant and animal species and the maintenance of fire dependent ecosystems. You can read much more about prescribed fire on the Florida Division of Forestry website. I took this picture in Wakulla County just south of Tallahassee, but I didn't see any fire going on that day.

15 comments:

SRQ said...

When I hear about prescribed burns I immediately think of the one several years ago in the Tampa Bay area which was done on a windy day and the controlled burn quickly became out of control, torching thousands of acres of woods and endangering homes. When done right, though, they're quite interesting. Within a few days new vegetation is already growing out of the burned ground.

Cezar and Léia said...

It's an important subject, to take good care of the environment!
Léia :)

B SQUARED said...

Helps prevent those "unprescribed" fires, too.

Darla said...

They still make me a little nervous though.

Halcyon said...

It's all part of nature!

Kaori said...

That's interesting how they use fire to prevent fire ;D

SFBakstad said...

We see that in No. California too!

Nefertiti said...

esperont que l ete soit clement aux forets oui !

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PAK said...

Some people used prescribed fire in Poland, but it is officially forbidden, and criticized as dangerous. Maybe, it is not enough prescribed...

Pam said...

The only problem with burning is we have had incidents where it got out of control and almost burned homes.

VP said...

I don't know much about this, but I guess it is important to clean up the brushwood around the trees to avoid worse fires.

Jacob said...

"They" do this all the time in the Ocala National Forest, which often leaves a smokey haze over the area.

Clytie said...

If we were to look back over the years, I wonder which causes the most 'out of control' fires ... prescribed or (in our area) "controlled" burns, human error or stupidity, or nature (lots of lightening fires in our mountains) ...

I think the prescribed/controlled fires probably cause fewer forest fires in the long run than human stupidity!

Lisa Wilson said...

They have to do controlled burns here in CO, too. It's necessary!

Tash said...

Very interesting. Would not work here. But it would be nice to fight desease that way. Maybe our horrible fires are necessary to some extent, if they weren't so huge. I heard this weekend that the burnt area in Palos Verdes that recovered so nicely (my post with a field of yellow flowers) had recovered with the WRONG plants. Wild mustard is invasive and will choke off other natives. Who would of thunk.