A guide for prescribed fire in southern forests
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Dale D. Wade; James D. Lunsford
Publication Year: 1989

Cataloging Information

  • aerial ignition
  • aesthetics
  • air quality
  • arthropods
  • backing fire
  • competition
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire weather
  • firing techniques
  • flank fires
  • Florida
  • forage
  • fuel moisture
  • hardwoods
  • headfires
  • heat effects
  • humidity
  • insects
  • livestock
  • manuals
  • pine forests
  • plant diseases
  • plant growth
  • precipitation
  • prescribed fire planning
  • runoff
  • season of fire
  • site treatments
  • smoke management
  • soil nutrients
  • temperature
  • wildlife habitat management
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 12713
Tall Timbers Record Number: 3559, 21979
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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The objective of this prescribed burning guide is to help resource managers plan and execute prescribed burns in Southern forests by: explaining the reasons for prescribed burning, emphasizing the environmental effects, explaining the importance of weather in prescribed burning, describing the various techniques of prescribed burning, and giving general information pertaining to prescribed burning. This guide provides basic information needed to help you become technically proficient in the proper use of prescribed fire. A glossary toward the end of this manual will help you with unfamiliar terms. To learn more about the subject of prescribed fire, a list of suggested reading follows the glossary. Nearby State and Federal resource management agencies are also excellent sources of information. Many of these agencies provide periodic training in fire behavior and prescribed fire.

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Wade, Dale D.; Lunsford, James D. 1989. A guide for prescribed fire in southern forests. Technical Publication R8-TP-11. Atlanta, GA: USDA Forest Service, Southern Region. 56 p.