Prairie Smoke Chapter Equipment

Prairie Smoke Chapter members are welcome to borrow chapter equipment for use in prescribed burns on their property. First, please open and review the Burn Packet.

Then, call Barb and Walt Nigon, 507-285-0496.

Thanks to generous donations by Prairie Smoke members, we have a few new additions to our management equipment inventory. This past year, we were able to purchase two Stihl chainsaws and a brushsaw. Wright's Small Engine in Rochester gave a us a good price on these items since we are a non-profit. Now, we have three great cutting tools to help combat invasive brush. We will offer training this spring on chainsaw and brushsaw safety so members can use these saws. We have also added two herbicide sprayers. One is a backpack sprayer you can wear on your back (hence the name!), and the other is a hand-held pump that can be used in areas where a backpack is more cumbersome. Both units are pressurized to allow ease in application. They are also equipped with special low-volume nozzles to minimize spray drift and get maximum efficiency for expensive herbicide. PS member Greg Lamp is testing out the new nozzle to determine the best, most efficient settings for the nozzle.

Other available equipment includes:

Trailer with 200 gallon water tank, pump, and hose
Backpacks with bladder bags and sprayers
Drip torches
Swatters
Rakes
Warning signs for burns near roads
Weather kits
6 Long range radios with holders
Kestrel Weather recorder
Supply kit of replacement parts

Specific policies for equipment use are available by contacting any Prairie Smoke Board member. In the meantime, have you...

Arranged for all permissions and burn permits, if applicable
Participated in prescribed prairie burns and prescribed burn workshops
Requested help from Chapter members by placing a tentative burn date on the calendar and asking for volunteer help
Located appropriate flame retardent clothing
Determined a "burn boss" who can take command of the burn on site.

Certainly, there is more to consider prior to burning your prairie. These questions serve as a place to start. Good luck!

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