Firefighters burn thousands of acres this year to reduce future wildfire risk

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Firefighters burn thousands of acres this year to reduce future wildfire risk

Forest Service aims for 20,000 acres of controlled burning annually
Colton McLaughlin with Telluride Fire Protection District uses a drip torch Tuesday while spreading the Pine Tree Fire north of Arboles. The low-intensity fire was started by lightning and allowed to burn to help improve forest health. Many similar fires have burned across the landscape this summer, helping to reduce the risk of large, uncontrolled fires in the future.
A ball full of chemicals used to set fires burns. Firefighters use the balls to burn vegetation east of Bayfield.

Firefighters burn thousands of acres this year to reduce future wildfire risk

Colton McLaughlin with Telluride Fire Protection District uses a drip torch Tuesday while spreading the Pine Tree Fire north of Arboles. The low-intensity fire was started by lightning and allowed to burn to help improve forest health. Many similar fires have burned across the landscape this summer, helping to reduce the risk of large, uncontrolled fires in the future.
A ball full of chemicals used to set fires burns. Firefighters use the balls to burn vegetation east of Bayfield.
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