Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative

Controlled Burns & Fire Management Workshop
March 26, 2012
Harmony Hill Farm

With winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, firefighters from Northwood, Epsom, Pittsfield, and Strafford worked together on a cold spring evening to burn a 23 acre field at Harmony Hill Farm as part of a controlled burn demonstration. There were approximately 40 firemen present at this training event organized by NALMC. Methodically, they burnt the field in sections, always going against the wind so they would be burning into an area with a 'black line' of previously burnt grass.

This demonstration provided important training for the firefighters and was quite educational for landowners and bystanders. In a culture taught by Smokey the Bear about the dangers of forest fires, it is easy to forget that fire and ash can be good for the environment. For example, areas of Mount Major in Alton that were burnt in a forest fire a few years ago are now lush and green in comparison with the overgrown woods that had been protected from the fire. In cases like these, fire starts a regenerative process to revitalize old fields and forest land.

We would like to thank the fire departments who put on this demonstration and showed us the value of controlled fire.

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