Time to burn?


Good Day everyone!

I hope all is well with you and yours.


I thought that I would share some thoughts with you about Best Management Practices on your property at this time of the year. Most dormant season prescribed burning has been completed. So, what can we do now that green-up is in full swing? Now is the perfect time to consider brush pile burning.


I spent this past weekend out in Woodward County with my two brothers and a hunting buddy burning brush piles on our family farm. We had an accumulation of mechanically cut big red cedars from several years ago and cedars that were just cut about six weeks ago.  We also had piles of dead cottonwood and willow that we cleared from around the ponds and creek. Some of these piles were relatively large and we knew they would get hot. All of these piles were compacted and had short green vegetation with very little combustible fine fuel within several hundred feet of them. We called the neighbors, local fire departments, and the Sheriff’s Department prior to the burn.


We had a 250-gallon high-pressure skid unit on a one-ton flatbed truck. We had a 65-gallon high-pressure skid unit in a half-ton truck. We had 3 UTV’s with 25-gallon sprayers in the backs of them. A John Deere tractor with a front-end loader. Three drip torches, plenty of drinking water, radios, cell phones, and good weather. We had steady south winds at about 15 mph. Relative humidity levels ranged from 65% down to 45%. Conditions that fell perfectly into our Burn Plan Prescription. We successfully burned 18 piles without so much as one spot over. We did not use any water from the big sprayer and used the small 65-gallon sprayer for about five minutes on a standing live big green elm tree that thought it wanted to burn and that was it! There are still six piles left but we need a north wind for those burns. We patrolled the piles until well after dark and several times the next day until most smoldering had stopped.


The reason that I give you all these details is because most these resources are also available to you through the Lake of the Arbuckles Watershed Association. All you have to do is ask!


Now is also the time to start planning a growing season burn to control woody species such as small cedar, green briar, blackberry, etc. It is also not too early to start planning dormant season burns for this coming winter.


Please call me if you would like to discuss or have questions.



Alan Peoples

Oka’ Institute

Watershed Coordinator


Controlled Burn Conducted-

Grazing will be suspended to promote healthy range conditions.


LAWA and Friends conducted a controlled burn last week in Murray County to control noxious weeds and improve watershed and range conditions for future grazing. Those who turned out to help with the burn include Ken Gee, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association/Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, Bruce Reynolds, Arbuckle Rangeland Restoration Association, John Proctor, Land Run Burn Association, John Holman, OSU Extension, Larry Keenan, LAWA, Logan Keenan, Larry’s son, Ty Albright, LAWA, Gary Miller, a friend of LAWA, Tom Hall, a friend of Alan’s and Laura Brigger, Oka' photographer.

Controlled Burn In Murray County

A 1300 acre controlled burn in Murray County gets a little help from volunteers and firefighters. According to the Arbuckle Rangeland Restoration Association, one reason for the burn is to battle the spread of Eastern Red Cedar which can be fuel for wildfires. The Eastern Red Cedar is a tree that can also consume several gallons of water per foot a day. Find out more about the story here.