- Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:20 pm
For a hot fire we'll normally work the Backfire on the break around any corners and danger spots. then fire the backfire break line and let it run about fifty feet and get well enveloped. We'll then work the side-wind break line up into the point we can head-fire it, it's hell bent for leather then. Once you head fire that puppy and get it rolling the fire will create it own wind like a big chimney. It will suck the back fire right along toward the head fire. At that point you just hope you did everything right because it's no longer in your control.
For a cold fire we will strip line just like y'all did.
We just did 500 acres at one pop, with 5 head fires and some strip line in places. I was real pleased with the results. About 200 acres was old growth longleaf where we set the fire to get really hot. In places we had 40 foot flame umbrella and should limb the trees up to about 60 feet by next spring.
If I want to kill brush and small trees I use the Backfire along with strip line burning in the spring after the sap rises, this way the fire stays around the base of the brush and small trees long enough to boil the sap. If the sap boils out, that tree is dead, dead, dead.