News Release: Burning slash piles to reduce fires, mountain pine beetles

Freezing temperatures were no match for slash burners Frank Carroll and son-in-law Brian Brennan recently near Custer, SD.  The pair burned 491 slash piles and seven machine piles over 9 days and significantly increased fire and beetle protection at Apple Valley Ranch on the Flynn Creek Road.

Burning slash piles on the Flynn Creek Road. Burners Frank Carroll and Brian Brennan used a propane torch to light every third pile over three days to reduce heat in a still heavily forested area on private land.

Burning slash piles on the Flynn Creek Road. Burners Frank Carroll and Brian Brennan used a propane torch to light every third pile over three days to reduce heat in a still heavily forested area on private land.

FPM Owner, Frank Carroll, stands by burning slash piles on the Flynn Creek Road.

FPM Owner, Frank Carroll, stands by burning slash piles on the Flynn Creek Road.

 

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