Prescribed burning is an effective range management tool that is used for:
- Prickly pear control
- Brush control
- Maintenance of grasslands
- Lowering browse lines
- Improving browse/forage quality
Prescribed burns can be conducted during both the summer and winter when grass stands are dry. Recent research on summer burning has produced excellent results for controlling juniper. However, summer burning can be very dangerous.
We do not recommend summer or winter burning without assistance from range managers who are experienced with prescribed burning. If you are interested in prescribed burning, we recommend that you contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or county extension office for assistance.
For more information about summer burning, contact Dr. Morgan Treadwell at the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station in San Angelo, Texas.
Ideal Conditions For Burning
Safety is the key to successful prescribed burns. Make sure these conditions exist before burning:
Wind speeds of 5-15 mph
Steady wind direction
Air temperatures from 40-80 degrees
25-60 percent relative humidity
Uniform fuel (grass stands) of 1,500 lbs/acre or more.