Western states prepare for looming fire season

Western states prepare for looming fire season

Year’s drought portends danger
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A backburn operation such as this one set last year during the Wallow Fire near Nutrioso, Ariz., might be a common sight again. The West’s 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. At its peak, it took a 700-strong federal firefighting team a week of labor to gain control of the blaze.
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A slurry bomber drops retardant on a burning ridge as the sun sets during a wildfire near Loveland in September 2010.
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