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  •  FWS Success Story: Trial Black Lines Protect Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA

  •  US Trials: Blackline Trials Conducted by the US FWS

  •  The Equipment: The Blackline Burner

  •  The Support Equipment: From Low Tech to High Tech

  •  The Procedure: Burning Blacklines on a Game Farm in South Africa

 
 
 
Llama Fire in HWMD: a WUI Success Story
On February 24, 2008, a fire in a burn barrel on private land started a wildfire that spread onto the neighboring, federally owned Maga Ta‑Hohpi WPA. Wolsey VFD responded to the wildfire. The head of the fire burned up to, and was stopped by, the black line put in during HWMD's Blackline Trials. This freed the forces on scene to contol the flanks of the fire.

Read the article on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

Llama Fire of February 2008 stopped by "trial" black line:
(Phtotographs and map courtesy of the FWS are for illustrative purposes only)

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Putting in the black line during October 2007 trials:

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Blackline Trials Conducted by the US FWS in Huron, South Dakota

Photo Gallery: Equipment & Operations in HWMD

Video Footage of Operations in HWMD:
Single Black Line

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3 min
video Double Black Line

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The Blackline Burner

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Support Equipment—From Low Tech to High Tech

Support equipment used by the fire team at Anglo Coal's Landau Colliery. Landau Colliery, an open-cast operation, is one of Anglo Coal's South African export mines:
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Support trailer custom made by the US FWS Service:
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Burning Blacklines on a Game Farm Near Sterkfontein, South Africa

Blacklining was done in windy conditions using a crew of four: a tractor driver, a high-pressure handgun operator directly behind the Blackline Burner, a spotter with a backpack sprayer 200 yards behind the Blackline Burner, and a standby high-pressure handgun operator.
Vegetation was a dense mix of dry grass and Seriphium plumosum (Bankrupt Bush)

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