On a couple of our Wednesday waterfowl count days we have had to work quickly through a certain area of the refuge because a prescribed burn was scheduled.
Prescribed fire is used on the Refuge as a land management tool. The goal of burning is to enhance wildlife habitat while reducing the possibility of damaging wildfires.
We were well away from the area by the time they started burning.
We were told the hotter the fire the darker the smoke.
Prescribed burning reduces the accumulation of hazardous fuels near resources of value and promotes the growth of native species that have evolved in an area with natural fire occurrence.
The next week we drove by the burned area. It looks like they got the results they were hoping for. With a little rain this area will be fresh and green in no time!