Prescribed Fire
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): M. Tu; C. Hurd; J. M. Randall
Publication Year: 2001

Cataloging Information

  • brush
  • chemical compounds
  • disturbance
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • firing techniques
  • germination
  • grazing
  • herbicides
  • invasive species
  • natural areas management
  • pesticides
  • season of fire
  • spot fires
  • sprouting
  • temperature
  • topography
  • weed control
  • weeds
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47101
Tall Timbers Record Number: 22984
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'TNC and other agencies and ogganizations that manage land for biodiversity often use prescribed burns to promote desired vegetation and species. Fire is sometimes necessary to prompt the germination of some plants, including a number of rare and endangered species. On the other hand, fire can also sharply reduce the abundance of some species. The weather, topography, and available fuel will determine the temperature and intensity of the prescribed burn, and this along with the timing of the treatment, largely determine how the burn impacts the vegetation and the abundance of particular species.Spot-burning invasive weeds with a propane torch can be cheaper and easier than implementing a prescribed fire (permits are still required), but is only effective when the infestation is small. Spot-burning can be used to burn individual plants, groups of plants in a small area, or to ignite brush piles. Propane torches can be used in areas where there is little or no fine fuel to carry a prescribed burn, and can also be used to kill plants when conditions are wet.'

Online Link(s):
Tu, M., C. Hurd, and J. M. Randall. 2001. Prescribed Fire, Weed control methods handbook: tools and techniques for use in natural areas. [Davis, CA], Wildland Invasive Species team, The Nature Conservancy, p. online-10.