One of those days you're not sure what, if anything, is going to happen. We had a forecast of rain and some brisk winds on a late March morning. Snowflakes fell sporadically (big snow to the northwest) and humidity was around 90%, yet we soon had two good fires going. Darien started one, Jim D and Doug did the other. Much of the fuel was maples, which are notoriously slow to ignite, so our outcome was quite a pleasant one.
Our work area was near the tree thinning done earlier this year, and within a sector burned by FP crews the prior Tuesday. That made for an easier walk in, as well as good fire containment in the event of any embers escaping.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday March 26
Sunday was another weather issue, insufficient wind to burn. By our EPA permit we need a 5 mph minimum wind speed, and that wasn't forthcoming until almost 11:00 am. The first two hours we cut honeysuckle and made multiple feeder piles.
Once the wind reached the required minimum we loaded the fire as fast as we safely could, getting the bulk of the day's cuttings burned in little more than an hour. As is always the case, the group was terrific! It included first-time Palos volunteers Matt, Noah, Ashley, and Dan.