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Agenices Study Fire's Effect on Range Health

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Fort Keogh Staffer Marnie Rout positions a thermocouple at a pre-marked location as part of a range research project south of Terry Sep. 9. Multiple thermocouples were placed in marked locations to record ground temperatures as the fire moved through the research plots.
Thermocouples staged on a tailgate stand ready to be placed to record fire temperatures at ground level as part of a range health study in Prairie County Sept. 9.
BLM Fire Range Technician Justin Hanley uses a drip torch to ignite research plots as part of a study conducted on BLM-administered lands in Prairie County Sept. 9. The project was designed to gauge the effects of fire on Purple three-awn, a bunchgrass common on local rangelands.

study personnel place thermocouples


fire crew uses drip torch to ignite fire

A BLM firefighter watches as fire moves through an experiment plot on BLM land in Prairie County Sep. 9. Nine plots were burned as part of a summertime burn experiment to determine its effect on local range where the grass Purple three-awn is common.
North Dakota State University Range Science Student Morgan Russell (left) and Fort Keogh Staffer Marnie Rout (right) gather thermocouples as the plot fires burn themselves out. Each pre-positioned thermocouple was wrapped in wet burlap to protect the device as the fire quickly consumed the vegetation.
A BLM firefighter hoses down an experiment plot perimeter prior to ignition. Once the plots were lit, they continued to burn until reaching the soaked boundary on the other side where they soon burned themselves out.

firefighter moniters the burn

 crew members gather thermocouples firefighter spraying water to create fire stop




Last updated: 06-28-2012