|My Father-in-law is usually my partner in lighting fires and putting them out.|
- Makes sure the neighbors are notified that we will be burning around them.
- Makes sure the local fire department has been notified, so they don't come to try put it out.
- Checks the hourly weather forecast for predicted wind direction changes.
- Makes sure all the equipment is ready to work when needed.
- He organizes the crew and tells us where to start, which direction we are going, where we are going to meet at.
Why Do Ranchers Burn?
There are lots of brushy plants and weeds that can be controlled with fire. The evergreen trees are called Eastern Red Cedar. In the above picture, you can see lots of trees. They are an invasive species and overtake many pastures. They can be killed with herbicide or by cutting them down, but the most cost effective way is to burn them.
There are other "weeds" that fire controls for us and it gives the cattle lush green grass to eat without all the dead grass.
When the "head fire" arrives, it has nothing to burn and no where to go.
The Native Americans that used to live here, used fire as a way to get green grass and attract the buffalo herds. Natural lightning strikes caused fires long before they used fire and the herds naturally go to where the greener grass is located.
-A Kansas Farm Mom