Fire analysts key to devising battle plans on 416 Fire

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Fire analysts key to devising battle plans on 416 Fire

Predictions determine how burnouts are set, including dropping pingpong-like balls from the sky
Mesa Verde Helitak crew members remove the aerial ignition Plastic Sphere Dispenser from a helicopter on Thursday, June 14, at the 416 Fire helicopter base north of Durango. The dispenser is a device that shoots pingpong-like balls ahead of a fire’s path before the fire line as a strategy for firefighting.
Glen Lewis, a fire behavior analyst with the Rocky Mountain Incident Type 1 Team, talks Wednesday, June 13, at the command center in Animas Valley Elementary School about how he uses infrared maps and a dozen other resources to help predict how the 416 Fire will burn. Working next to him is Steve Ziel, center, another fire behavior analyst, and John Barborinas, a long-term analyst.

Fire analysts key to devising battle plans on 416 Fire

Mesa Verde Helitak crew members remove the aerial ignition Plastic Sphere Dispenser from a helicopter on Thursday, June 14, at the 416 Fire helicopter base north of Durango. The dispenser is a device that shoots pingpong-like balls ahead of a fire’s path before the fire line as a strategy for firefighting.
Glen Lewis, a fire behavior analyst with the Rocky Mountain Incident Type 1 Team, talks Wednesday, June 13, at the command center in Animas Valley Elementary School about how he uses infrared maps and a dozen other resources to help predict how the 416 Fire will burn. Working next to him is Steve Ziel, center, another fire behavior analyst, and John Barborinas, a long-term analyst.
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