My visit to the Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary coincided with a planned controlled burn at the Sanctuary.
Like last year's burn, fire fighting professionals from multiple states supported the burn. The team of professionals traveled with their equipment and trucks from California, Idaho, Colorado, Utah and likely other states I was not aware of. A representative from The Nature Conservancy also participated in the burn.
Their generous donation of their time, talent and equipment was much appreciated. Some I talked to were using their vacation time.
The group was well equipped and organized. They all had radios, aerial maps of the pastures, and were constantly updating the team with wind velocity, direction, humidity, and other parameters I was not familiar with. Two days after burning several pastures, they were still observing and fighting any hot spots that arose.
The teamed surgically burned the pastures with great control. It was hard work but it was clear that they are very good at what they do and they enjoy doing it.
It was a real photo opportunity for me and I asked for some email addresses from several of the leaders so I could share the photos with the team
Link to story from last year's controlled burn: