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Introduction to the Schenck Forest Burn

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NCSU eFIre-Schenck- Intro to Burn

our months ago, a prescribed burn was conducted in a nine-acre plot within the Schenck Forest. The composition of the unit is predominantly comprised of seven-year-old loblolly pines and hardwoods. The main objective of the burn was to reduce hazards. In the 15 years since the last burn, a three-inch litter layer had accumulated. Hazard reduction was essential to minimize wildfire risk. Now that fire has been applied and the litter layer reduced by as much as 60%, the forest unit poses less of a hazard. Future efforts hope to maintain a biennial fire regime to control for fuel accumulation.

The burn was conducted during the dormant season. Since the duff layer was thick, reduction in the ground fuel layer was necessary. By burning in the dormant season, minimal risk was achieved to the existing trees. Higher temperatures can increase mortality, so ensuring minimal temperatures is best to promote survival.
Site conditions and weather were examined the day of the burn.

These need to be monitored in order to ensure operation under the outlined burn prescription. Temperature, humidity, wind speed, and other weather elements were all monitored. If the site conditions are not within the prescription of the burn plan, the burn must be conducted another time when it meets all of the specified parameters.

Burn conducted 4 mo ago, Hazard reduction, Schenck Forest