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    Prescribed Burning

    Issue:
    Burning, smoke, and burned sites may produce visual impact and concern among the public.

    Objective:
    Minimize visual impact of burning, smoke, and burned areas.

    Considerations:

    • Smoke sensitive areas.

    • Smoke management guidelines or regulations.

    • Water Quality

    • Site specific prescriptions

    • Timing

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    If prompt revegetation is desired, time
    burns to coincide with growing season.
    Photo: Texas Forest Service

    Avoid:

    • Affecting smoke sensitive areas.

    • Extensive burns in visually sensitive are
      area.

    • Extensive burns in visually sensitive
      area.

    • High intensity fire in primary streamsides management zones.

    • Off-site ignition.

    • Erosion and sedimentation

    • Residual smoke for extended time.

    Recommended Practices:

    Level #1: Least Sensitive

    • Monitor weather conditions and possible smoke impacts closely before, during, and after burning.

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    Burn only during periods of good smoke dispersal.
    Photo: Westvaco Corporation
    Level #2: Moderately Sensitive
    • Monitor weather conditions and possible smoke impacts closely before, during, and after burning.

    • If prompt revegetation is desired, time burns to coincide with growing season.

    • Burn only during periods of good smoke dispersal.

    • Consider notifying adjoining residents prior to the burn.

     

    "Monitor weather conditions and possible smoke impacts closely before, during, and after burning."

    Level #3: Most Sensitive
    • Monitor weather conditions and possible smoke impacts closely before, during, and after burning.

    • If prompt revegetation is desired, time burns to coincide with growing season.

    • Burn only during periods of good smoke dispersal.

    • Notify adjoining residents prior to the burn.

    • Use terrain, aesthetic management zones, and streamside management zones to minimize the visual impact of burns.

    • Scatter large unburned debris.