On our second of four trips to McMahon this April we worked farther north than last time, near Crooked Creek. Lots of heavy lifting on this day, from a previous tree-thinning day which left a lot of lumber on the ground. We built two large fires to burn it off, which went quite well with a relatively low-humidity day - still within our limits on the burn permit - facilitating fire starting..
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Jon, Kayleigh, and Evan for joining us, they were a tremendous help. We'll be back to this location again as we still had an abundance of logs on the ground when volunteers departed.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday April 9
On Sunday humidity dropped below the minimum level for safe burning, prompting a no-burn message from FPCC. Instead, we cut and stacked brush for on another day. As usually happens when we don't burn, we cut quite a mass of brush with a smallish team of nine, including another first-time Palos volunteer, Matt. We tentatively plan to return on Sunday April 30, which likely will be the last brush pile burn in Palos until September.
When We Burn, or Not
The burn permit FPCC has with the EPA requires several elements be present; a minimum wind of 5 mph, to help clear the smoke; maximum wind speed 20 mph, for safety; relative humidity above 25%; AQI (Air Quality Index) under 100; burning prohibited on Red Flag Days, which generally are days with wind over 25 mph and humidity below 25%. We've had three or four days this week when burns were prohibited, due mostly to the unusual stretch of very low humidity.