|April 4 2012
Sherburne NationalWildlife Refuge
Part of the long term management plan for this refuge is the use of prescribed burns.
These fires would occur natually every so often but through a carefully managed fire,
non-native plant life is kept under control. In addtion to letting the native vegetation
thrive, the burns also remove fuels safely which otherwise would pose a serious threat for
About 10 nautical miles away looking northeast
Driving east on Sherburne county road 4 east of Orrock, MN. Fire is about 3 nautical miles away.
Just east / southeast of the fire now. Looking west from Sherburne county road 1.
View looking west from the public access on Elk Lake. Pretty impressive sight.
Took up a vantage point off county road 42 a little southeast of Rice Lake where I could see the fireline and back burn area.
A stand of cattails goes up in flames emitting a huge plume of black smoke. The oils in the plant causes the black smoke.
A sun dog to the left of the sun. A lot of things going on in the sky at this time.
Click on the image above for a timelapse of the fire.
The sun burns through the smoke plume.
Smoke on the water along CR9 as I head west and home.