Hart’s Lake Burn Plan

PRESCRIBED BURNING PLAN

 

Site Area Name: Hart’s Lake Oak uplands                            County: Calhoun

Project size of unit to be burned: 62 acres.                             Projected date of burning: Fall 2013

 

Description of area (include all fuel types present):Mostly oak uplands, fairly deep litter, some invasive species present. Small amounts of lakeshore along east edge of unit.

 

Objectives of burn: Reintroduce landscape-scale fire to this relatively healthy oak upland. Encourage regeneration of native herbaceous layer, as well as encourage sprouting of oak seedlings.

 

History of previous burns (when burned results, etc.): No recorded history of previous burns

 

Weather Conditions for Burn:

Wind Velocity: 5-10 15G mph;                      Wind Direction: E-SE             Relative Humidity: 30-45 %

Temperature: 60-85 F                                      Days Since Rain: 1-2              Time of Year:late summer to early fall

Other: good smoke dispersal conditions, avoid inversions.

 

EQUIPMENT NEEDS

 

BURNING EQUIPMENTSAFETY EQUIPMENT

Number           Item                                                                             Number           Item

5                      Flappers                                                                       10                    Helmets

4                      Rakes                                                                          10pr                 Gloves

5                      Drip Torches                                                               2                      Cell phone

4                      Water Packs                                                                8                      Radios

2pk                  Matches                                                                       10                    Nomex Clothes

250g                Water Tank (on pump truck)                                       1                      Weather Kits

20g                  Drip Torch Fuel (2:1 diesel, gas)

Other:

Brush truck with 250 Gallons of water

 

BURN CREW

 

Fire Boss: Michele Richards                           Crew Size required: 10 persons.

 

Sources of crew: FCTC, KNC

 

Crew division of labor (e.g. ignition, control or holding, etc.)

4-ignition, 2 control, 3 holding, Burn Boss

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERMITS, NOTIFICATIONS, SAFETY

 

PERMITS REQUIRED:

Burning Variance None, state agency

Agency                                                Individual granting permit, phone                              Date granted

                                                                                                                                           

 

NOTIFICATIONS: (e.g. fire departments, county sheriff, etc.)

Agency                                                Individual to notify, phone                                         Date notified

Augusta Fire                                                                                                                           

Springfield Fire                                                                                                                       

Kalamazoo/Calhoun Sheriff                                                                                                   

Battle Creek Airport                                                                                                               

Ft. Custer Recreation Area/

DNR Duty officer                                                                                                                  

II Stanley                                                                                                                                

FC Range Control                                                                                                                   

 

 

SAFETY:

Sources of emergency aid: fire fighting:Springfield Township

First aid:Springfield Township

Police or Sheriff:Kalamazoo/Calhoun

Traffic control and/or public safety consideration: Will place notice signs at the public entrance of the property, but no public entry is allowed on the side we’re burning.

Contact list: II Stanley

Other:     

 

PUBLICITY

Neighbors notified: II Stanley.                       Reception (e.g. cordial, neutral, hostile):     

Any contact with news services: none

 

FIRING TECHNIQUES and PREPARATIONS

 

Make a diagram showing ignition sequence, equipment and crew placement, and other important information.  Identify the following information:  Plan Scale, Burn Block, Firebreaks, South Firing techniques projected.  Effects of change in wind direction during the burning.

Attached

HL_Burn_close

Fire breaks: (see diagram)                                                                               Date(s)

Position                                   Method                                                           constructed     Completed

S line                                 Point of a triangle                                                 NA                  NA

N Line                               burn and extinguish a 15 ft. wide border             NA                  NA

W line                                Solid 15 ft. wide road on FCTC side                   NA                  NA

E line Augusta-Climax      interior gravel road, mostly Hart’s Lake               NA                  NA

 

Plan Prepared By: Michele Richards                                                              Date: 3/09/05

Reviewed by Project Manager: Ryan Koziatek                                              Date:     

Reviewed by Property Owner: Tracy Bronson                                               Date:     

 

Plan Narrative:

Confirm weather forecast for entire burn window.  Discuss and identify contingencies.  Identify safe areas.  Begin burn at anchor Point A after crew conference when weather conditions permit (Figure 1).  Back burn black out at anchor point.  Monitor fire behavior.  Work two ignition crews, west along north line first to create 15ft boundary. Second firing crew will light from point B to point C as a backburn. Depending on wind strength, proceed in 100 to 200-foot increments.  Back burn into block to 100-foot depth before proceeding forward.  With southerly wind push extend north line ahead of west line.  With easterly and southerly wind push extend west line south ahead of north line progress.  North ignition crew proceeds to Point B and holds.  West ignition crew proceeds to Point C and holds.  Observe burn line progress.  Check downwind holding lines.  Monitor any extreme fire behavior.  Monitor any snag fires.  Confirm all crew positions before beginning to close fire line.  If conditions are controlled extend line from C (flanking or head) northward along lakeshore toward Point A to encircle block with headfire.  Close fire line and burn out block.  Take break for burn-out.  Begin mop-up.  Drop any standing candles near fire line.  Mop up any smokers near fire line.  Look after block over night and monitor periodically for two days.

 

Any unexpected wind shifts, halt progress and monitor fire.  Block is large enough to accommodate short-lived wind shifts.  Address persistent wind shift by changing leading ignition crew.

 

 

Pond

 

 

Attachment A: Pre-Burn Checklist

                                                        PRE-BURN CHECKLIST AND CREW BRIEFING

 

Preserve:                                Fire Unit:               Date:       

 

A. PRIOR TO CREW BRIEFING

                permits obtained.  Give permit number:

                crew notified

                official and neighbor notification

                required equipment on site and functioning

                fire unit as described in plan

                firebreaks complete

                planned ignition and containment methods appropriate

                planned contingencies and mop-up appropriate

                list of emergency numbers and maps in each vehicle

                cellular phone on site and functioning

 

B. CREW BRIEFING

 

                each crew member has required personal protective equipment and matches

                each crew member familiar with burn unit and firebreaks

                unit hazards discussed

                purpose of burn

                anticipated fire and smoke behavior

                review of equipment and troubleshooting

                review organization of crew and assignments

                review methods of ignition, holding, mop-up, communications

                review contact with public

                location of all vehicles, keys, phone

                location back-up equipment, supplies, water

                review all contingencies including escape routes

                review mop-up procedure

                answer questions

 

C. PRIOR TO IGNITION

 

                weather and fuel conditions within prescription

                weather forecast within two hours of ignition confirms prescribed weather will hold two hours past expected                burn duration

                conduct test burn

 

D. BEFORE LEAVING BURN UNIT

 

                mop-up completed per prescription description

                next morning inspection arranged

                notification of completed burn (if required)

 

E. NOTE ANY MODIFICATIONS TO RX

 

 

Burn Boss:                                                            Date:           

 

 

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