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Backfire Technique for Prescribed Burning

2013
Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
The term "backfire" refers to a commonly used method for prescribed burning in which the igniter sets a line of fire that slowly backs into the wind. This article explains how to effectively deploy backfires in prescribed burns.
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Conducting a Prescribed Burn and Prescribed Burning Checklist

2007
Organizations/Sources: University of Nebraska Extension
Guide covers legal obligations, equipment, personnel requirements, ignition techniques, and other elements of successful prescribed burns on grassland.
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Conducting a Successful Prescribed Burn

2008
Detailed guide to the ins and outs of conducting and managing a prescribed burn.
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Fire Intensity and Fire Severity: How Hot Is Your Fire and Why Is That Important?

2013
Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
Article about how fires of different intensities (temperatures) have different effects on landscapes.
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Fire Plan Template

2018
Organizations/Sources: National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Template to plan a prescribed fire and ensure that it meets legal requirements and achieves its desired purpose.
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Flame Descriptors

2013
Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
Short fact sheet describing different wildfire flame types and the implications for controlled burns and wildfire management.
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Fuel Moisture and Prescribed Burning

2013
Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
Moisture is the overriding factor governing fuel flammability. It determines whether ignition will take place and to what depth the forest floor will be consumed. This article outlines key factors and considerations regarding fuel moisture and prescribed burning.
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Grassland Management: Prescribed Burning

Short guide offering tips for effective prescribed burns, including timing, equipment, and weather conditions. The guide focuses specifically on using prescribed burns for grassland management, but some of the information applies to prescribed burns in forests and other landscapes.
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Habitat Management Fact Sheet: Prescribed Burning

2005
Outlines the benefits of prescribed fire and key considerations for conducting a prescribed burn.
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Ignition Devices for Prescribed Burning

2013
Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
The prescribed burner has numerous tools at their disposal to start fire. Ground ignition devices continue to be developed and refined and include a wide range of options from kitchen matches to state-of-the-art hand-held launchers. This fact sheet describes many of these devices and includes a table to summarize advantages and disadvantages of various methods.
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Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Standards

2018
The purpose of this guide is to provide standards, establish common terminology and definitions, and identify planning and implementation procedures for the use of prescribed fire in Pennsylvania.These standards specify what is minimally acceptable for prescribed fire planning and implementation. Organizations may choose to establish additional standards and policy direction, but they must adhere to, and cannot modify, these minimums.
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Prescribed Fire

2019
Authors: Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
A prescribed fire is a planned fire—sometimes called a controlled burn—used to manage certain types of landscapes. It reduces the chance of major wildfires and provides numerous other benefits for humans, plants, and wildlife. (Print version of ConservationTools.org guide)
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Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating System Guide and Worksheet

2018
Organizations/Sources: National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Establishes standards for evaluating the complexity of prescribed burns. The standards: Provide decision support that highlights the risk to values associated with prescribed fire implementation; identify the technical difficulty of managing the risk to values; inform the complexity rating determination of high, moderate, or low for a prescribed fire; identify prescribed fire plan elements that may pose special problems or concerns. The worksheet allows users to plug in information about a prescribed burn and see its expected complexity.
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Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide and Fire Plan Template

2017
Organizations/Sources: National Wildfire Coordinating Group
This guide establishes national interagency standards for the planning and implementation of prescribed fire.
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Sample Prescribed Burn Plan and Plan Template

Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
Includes information about key factors in sound prescribed burn plans, a sample plan, and a plan template for users to modify.
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Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire

2018
Organizations/Sources: National Wildfire Coordinating Group
This in-depth guide contains information on prescribed fire smoke management techniques, air quality regulations, smoke monitoring, modeling, communication, public perception of prescribed fire and smoke, climate change, practical meteorological approaches and smoke tools.
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Stakeholder Priorities for Deciding Where to Burn

2011
Organizations/Sources: Southern Fire Exchange
Partnerships among public agencies, private entities, and other individuals are an increasingly common way to facilitate ecosystem conservation, especially in fire-dependent landscapes. For example, partnerships can provide mechanisms through which stakeholders share costs, staff, and other resources to promote fire use. However, the stakeholders involved in such partnerships have different perspectives about how to prioritize sites for burning and the factors that constrain prescribed burning. A mutual understanding of one another’s perspectives would help stakeholders success-fully collaborate to facilitate prescribed burning.
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