|The 400,000 acre Anderson Creek Fire in Oklahoma and Kansas. March 2016. Photo: Kansas Forest Service.|
The Anderson Creek Fire burned almost 400,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas last March and now has the dubious distinction of being the largest grass fire in Kansas history. The fire consumed over 620 square miles of prairie and cattle grazing land, 600 head of cattle, 16 homes, 25 structures and countless miles of fencing. The fire and its footprint were clearly visible from space.
Following an assessment of the damage and documenting the need for a proactive approach to prevent similar future losses, the Barber County Conservation District approached the Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for assistance. The partnership has resulted in a $2 million award targeted towards prescribed grazing, woody residue treatment, brush management, fire breaks, weed control and prescribed burning.
The Cohesive Strategy promotes this kind of partnership leveraging to improve the resiliency of the landscape while achieving rangeland management goals.
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