This is the time of year that I conduct prescribed burns on my farm. I do them a bit differently than most people. In general, most people perform very big burns conducted with a large team. I tend to do things on a smaller scale. I attempt to prep areas by isolating them with mowing and then burn relatively small areas at a time. The video above is from 2015. My friend, George Kopp, was kind enough to film me. I use a hand-held propane torch to light the fire and then a leaf blower to put it out. I learned the leaf blower trick from our local volunteer fire department. I had to call them out during a Mizzou football bowl game on New Years day a few years back when a small fire got out of control. I had it put out by the time they got there. They took it pretty well. God bless them.
My farm is multi-use. You can see the horse jumping area in the background of the video. You can also see my bluebird nesting boxes. The mowed areas between the sections of tall grass prairie serve several purposes. They serve as fire breaks, as riding or hiking trails, and as short grass areas that are good habitat for the bluebirds. I mow around and do not burn blackberry thickets. These provide cover for a variety of native birds. My daughter also likes to pick blackberries each summer and makes a great cobbler.
In addition to the leaf blower, I have developed a technique that involves my riding lawnmower. George Kopp filmed and edited the video below.