Cooling Down Potential Fires
Lightning storms started many fires in 2011 which travelled up-slope and jumped existing fire breaks. With luck and hard work the fire was contained.
There is a need to keep fire from jumping firebreak roads. There is a high potential of igniting the large areas of dense dry or dead cedars.
A plan was outlined for Natural Texas to follow. While work was in progress fire suppression personnel changed prescription to match fuel loads and terrain. Both sides of road/fire break had highly flammable cedars removed. Less flammable hardwoods were left. On the downwind (summer) side of road 20' to 50’ were cleared of cedars. On the windward side of road (where fire is coming from) cedars were removed up to 100 feet from road. Other areas had hot spots of mostly dead cedars mulched. Large single trunk (living) trees were left to provide wildlife needs. Selectively removing highly flammable cedars while leaving less flammable hardwood cools down wildfire. This cooling action contributes to fire fighters ability to fight wildfire and in this case prevent fire from jumping over firebreak into unprotected areas.
About Carl Brockman
An Austin native, Carl Brockman is passionate about preserving the natural landscape of Texas. Carl is an ISA Certified Arborist, formally trained in prescribed burn management and in wildland firefighting, educated in wildlife management, and has more than twenty years experience helping landowners realize their properties’ potential. Through Carl’s experience and vision, Natural Texas has the ability to increase the productivity of your land, as well as its value.