Forestry helped out the SIUC Fire Dawgs this
past week on an 90 acre burn at the Touch of
Nature environmental center in Carbondale,
Illinois. With no precipitation for 6 days,
a slight north wind, and perfect weather
conditions the burn went great. The
objectives of the burn were to decrease mid
and understory vegetation, increase
herbaceous cover, and to increase sunlight
to the forest floor. The unit was
divided into 2 sections, the east side and
the west side. Dennis Carill and Dr.
Charles Ruffner acted as burn bosses while
Long Forestry's Mile Long acted as flank
leader for the east crew and Melissa Simpson was the flank leader for the west
Dennis gives the pre-burn conference
to the crew. We discussed the
weather, the objectives, and the
Drip torches are assembled and
Holders watch the fire line,
checking for spot fires or any
danger behind the line.
Mike talks to his crew while Dennis
puts down another line with the drip
Mike communicates with his crew as
the fire progresses.
Fire Dawg Jim Mulhausen lays down a
line and looks super cool while
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