Prescribed Burn

Prairies and native grasses love fire, and none like it better than our very own Minnesota Mosquito Refuge.

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So….

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These guys showed up last week to do a prescribed burn.

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With all kinds of cool toys.

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They rode along Two Drunk Creek to get on the leeward (downwind) side of the refuge.

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Before starting the burn.

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It didn’t take long to get the flames going.

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But mostly what they got was smoke.

20200507_104822And so did we.

20200507_105447That is my pasture behind the guy with the torch. I wanted them to burn off the thatch – but no can do.  We live in a nation of lawyers.

20200507_105459The guy on the four-wheeler is hosing down what they don’t want to burn and the guy with the torch is lighting what they do.

20200507_105535It is amazing how precise they can be.

20200507_105547Here is a better view.  They went right down the property line.

20200507_110159The question of the day: is that smoke or mosquitoes?

20200507_110518A few small patches had to be handled separately.

20200507_112427Even though the flame went into the trees, there was little sign of damage.

20200507_112659A fire crew remained on hand in case things got dicey.

20200507_112914After the main burn, you can see small peat fires.  These can burn for weeks and in some cases years.

20200509_091227They asked the neighbors to keep an eye out for peat fires, so Scooter and I patrolled Two Drunk Creek the next morning looking for wisps of smoke.

20200509_091354This is what the mosquito refuge looked like in the morning. In three weeks it will be green and fresh.

20200509_092705This is what Scooter looked like at the end of our inspection tour.  It will be more than three weeks before he is clean and fresh.

Disclaimer: No mosquitoes were harmed in the making of this blog entry.