March 15, 2009

Field Fires

Saturday morning the 80-acre farm directly behind us called to say they had called in a controlled burn.

Saturday afternoon fire departments from 3 counties and the Dept. of Conservation were set up in our back pasture attempting to keep the fires from crossing onto our property and spreading through the surrounding heavily wooded areas. The winds had changed directions, causing the controlled fire to quickly become uncontrolled.

A controlled burn of farmland if done properly can improve the quality of grass and put nutrients back into the soil. Fires remove dead materials and encourage the growth of valuable seed-producing plants. Small controlled burns are often used to clear areas too steep for tillage or mowing.

All is well on the farm this morning. The fire fighters began leaving shortly before 1:00 a.m. after containing and putting out the blazes.

From my understanding 1400 acres of farmland in our area were burnt yesterday from careless and improper burning.


Sharrie said...

Is there really such a thing as a "controlled burn"? That just makes me sick!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

so how are you feeling about this?

~~~~~~Tonia said...

I heard sirens and saw the trucks but didnt know where they were headed. We also saw smoke! So glad everything is okay!! They are scary I would think its a little to dry to be burning right now. They should have maybe waited till after we got some rain. My uncle worked for the Forestry for years and we have lived close to state land too. People are constantly setting fires on them and it endangers alot of homes and farms. I would rather clear land with animals even though fire has its usefulness it can very quickly get out of control!!