Today's fire danger: High

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Today's fire danger: High

Conditions prime for a repeat of Missionary Ridge Fire

Today's fire danger: High

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Rich Graeber, Upper Pine Fire Protection District chief, holds up a pine needle while talking about the deep thatch under trees during a tour of the Forest Lakes subdivision. Graeber said the needles are prime kindling for a forest fire.
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An Upper Pine Fire Protection District fire crew cuts up a Ponderosa pine tree that was cut down for fire mitigation work along with cutting out Gambel oak in the Forest Lakes subdivision.
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Brian Ley, a crew member with Upper Pine Fire Protection District, cuts up a Ponderosa pine tree that was cut down to reduce fire risk in the Forest Lakes subdivision.
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Bryce Claerhout, with the fire crew of Upper Pine Fire Protection District, studies a tree he is about to fell while mitigating for fire in the Forest Lakes subdivision.
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Deep thatch under ponderosa pine trees creates a large fuel source for wildland fires.
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