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Hi All;
We Finally had enough rain free days that I thought it was time to burn last years dead grasses.   Conditions must be just rite.  Late enough in the morning that the frost is off.  Little to no wind, rain predicted by tomorrow.

I try to do this every year. Keeps the soil happy and keeps dead grass low in the event of a wild fire (Hope never to have one this low) I burn the hill up to the house and barn and then I burn the fence lines to make fence repair easy.


I would burn the whole field but, I'm kinda a woosie about fire. I  border USFS land, and state land... let your fire get into that and it will be off to the poor house after you pay for helicopters, tanker trucks , USFS fire crews... heavy equipment ... scary scary  Think I'll let the field go unburnt again...why change a 40 year habit?
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Fire definitely has its place in homesteading.

I typically do not burn grass in the spring, but just a few years ago it seemed everyone did it. It is really good for old pastures and such. I should have done that to a pasture I have this year, as I did not hay it last year, and it was too many acres, for too few sheep. But this spring we had winter late, and then when spring did arrive, the green grass was already up.

I use fire to burn stumps and brush piles mostly, which drastically reduces the pile so I can deal with it with my little tractor. With so many "slabs" coming off the sawmill, I typically burn them as well.
 
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