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By Sean Hubbard, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services - Oklahoma State University

 

STILLWATER, Okla. (April 11, 2018) – Green grass will not burn. This is just one example of a common misconception that will be debunked during the upcoming Summer Fire Field Day near Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Prescribed burning during the summer months is just as, if not more, effective than the traditional spring burns.

 

To help people understand growing season burns, Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is hosting a training seminar. The Summer Fire Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 at the OSU Research Range Headquarters at 4922 S. Coyle Rd. in Stillwater.

 

“We’re trying to get rid of that old mentality people grew up with that you can’t burn in the summer because it doesn’t benefit anything,” said John Weir, OSU Cooperative Extension rangeland ecology and management specialist. “It’s not what they imagine in their minds; it’s going to kill the grass, it’s a raging inferno and it can’t achieve the goals that we need.”

 

Weir simply looks at the history of fire in Oklahoma and wonders what the difference is today.

 

“Historically, this land burned anytime of the year, and it’s still here and it’s still good,” Weir said. “It burned then, why wouldn’t it burn today?”

 

The one-day training will begin at 9 a.m. with registration. At 9:30 a.m., an introductory discussion to burning in the growing season will take place, followed by a free lunch.

 

Immediately following lunch, Weir will conduct a prescribed burn, weather permitting.

 

“You can burn in any month of the year and some of the months a lot of people don’t think about burning in, like July and August, are actually some of the better conditioned months in which to burn,” said Weir. “The burning conditions are more conducive and you’ve got more days you can get it done. If you restrict yourself to February, March and April, you don’t have many days where you have a good chance to burn and you may not be able to get the burning done that you should for the management practices that you are trying to achieve.”

 

The Summer Fire Field Day training session is free and open to everyone. Those interested in attending should contact Weir by June 6 at 405-744-5442 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

 

 

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; Phone 405-744-5371; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies. Any person who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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