After several years of attempting a prairie burn, it all finally came together on April 11, this year, 2015. We made the fire break with the tractor the night before, plowing and then disking. The rain held off and the wind finally settled down around 9:00 pm before we felt comfortable starting with the back burn. After the back burn was in place, we burned the remaining grass in sections, letting the fire rip downwind.
The prairie restoration project was first burned and planted in 2011 with help from the DNR, the NRCS and the Prairie Farm Fire Department. The initial project was a mixed bag of successful and unsuccessful prairie grass. A portion of the original project was taken over by weeds such as thistle, nettle, and burdock. Hopefully this burn and future burns will help eliminate those weeds letting the warm season grasses take hold.