How to Do a Controlled Burn (Video)

Kellsey Trimble, GRIT Associate Editor, answers a reader question: “What are the top considerations when burning pasture?”

Safety is always the first consideration when you are preparing to do a controlled burn. Wait until the weather is favorable, with no high winds that might push the burn out of control, and have plenty of water on hand. Many people keep tanks of water in their UTVs to make transporting it easier.

Have a strategy in place for your controlled burn before you start the fire. Check your land for potential trouble spots such as piles of dry brush that might generate flying debris, and know how you plan to keep buildings or land you don’t want to burn safe. On the day of the burn, have people to help control the fire, and make sure everyone knows what the strategy is to ensure a successful controlled burn.


Here at GRIT Magazine, we are passionate about rural American know-how and helping people learn more about creating the self-sufficient lives they want. Check out Videos from GRIT to see more from our editors.

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