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Burning things

As a brief return to Friday photos, and continuing a conversation from elsewhere, let me present: Big Huge Enormous Fires!!!

Controlled burn

Controlled burn

Before anyone gets worried, these are from a controlled burn done for research purposes in spring 2005. We filled out enormous piles of paperwork, had all necessary permissions, and had assorted firefighters and equipment there. These sorts of things make great training exercises for firefighters. We were burning fields of switchgrass and similar tall grasses, and they burn hot and very quickly.

3 Comments on “Burning things”

  1. #1 Marjorie
    on May 1st, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Those are some pretty impressive fires! And I can see that a fire-extinguisher would be of very limited use :-)

  2. #2 ticia42
    on May 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Wow! Cool . I woyld love to be at that kind of training.

  3. #3 Tamie
    on May 1st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    it was especially fun watching the researchers owning the plots next to the burning plots. They were (understandably) a bit anxious about the whole thing. :)