Firing Techniques

Various firing techniques can be used to accomplish a burn objective. The technique chosen must be correlated closely with burning objectives, fuels, topography, and weather factors. The proper technique can change as these factors change.

Based on behavior and spread, fires either move with the wind (heading fires) against the wind (backing fires) or at right angles to the wind (flanking fires). The movement of any fire can be described by these terms.

Listed below are some of the firing techniques used in Rx fires:

  1. Backing fire
  2. Strip head fire
  3. Flanking fire
  4. Point source or Grid ignition fire
  5. Ring fire
  6. Aerial ignition

Check with local GFC office or other certified Rx burners for assistance in proper Rx burn techniques.