FIRE IT UP. Today will be ideal to ignite those late season hunting plans or get the auger roaring as calm winds and warm temps settle in for one last stay before tomorrow’s breezes roar in, tomorrow might be best to warm up to some inside projects. In that theme, we talk about the effects of controlled burns on the landscape and wildlife in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Hot Stuff. Finish those holiday lures up tomorrow, and get out there and enjoy today. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 12/18 – Continued Nice – Hi 43, Lo 25, Wind W@8
Tomorrow: Wed 12/19 – Gusty – Hi 43, Low 36, Wind NW@20, G30
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
2:38PM 3:21AM 9:29PM 9:05AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (81% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00-3:00PM. Still conditions with moonrise will start your afternoon off right in the Edge Hour.
LET IT BURN. Prescribed burns help clear out overgrown brush, too-thick sloughs and other vegetation. If considering a burn on your land to clean these areas out and allow for lush regeneration this spring, contact the USDA, your local Soil & Water Conservation District, habitat groups and county officials to get the information, assistance, proper permits, and notice to local fire departments.
BIG BREAK. Controlled burning also helps prevent natural wildfires from becoming more severe by periodically removing fuel from the landscape, creating fire breaks which protect people, livestock and property.
BOUNCE BACK. Mobile wildlife populations such as upland game and big game are generally able to escape a controlled burn and can return when the area clears out and regenerates. Typically, species like sharptailed grouse flourish in these opened areas, so much so that sharpies were known by native tribespeople as “fire birds” prior to European settlement for their success following wildfires.