Biomass Burning Alternatives - Herbicides

This page last reviewed July 7, 2008

Herbicides are chemicals used to control brush and grasses. Herbicides can be used to maintain fuel breaks after logging and/or burning. Contact your local Agricultural Department for the legal restrictions and requirements to apply herbicides.

Herbicide Techniques:
  • Brown and Burn -- This technique involves killing the brush and grasses prior to burning. The benefits of this technique includes burning dead, dry material, which promotes an efficient burn and reduces smoldering. It also allows for burning in wetter conditions, when atmospheric mixing conditions are good for smoke management.
  • Fuels Maintenance -- After a logging or burning operation, the disturbance causes a flush of vegetative growth. Herbicides can be used to control the vegetative growth, thus delaying the need for additional maintenance burns.