Lessons in the debris

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Lessons in the debris

Big Front Range fires show the benefits, limits of forest thinning
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Lessons in the debris

Chimneys and foundations are all that remain of 488 homes in the Black Forest area of El Paso County, after a June wildfire swept through the thickly vegetated neighborhood.
Black Forest Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Rebitski describes how forest thinning helped save homes in the Cathedral Pines neighborhood during the blaze that destroyed 488 homes in June.
Dustin Crandell, Firewise ambassador for Rancho Mira Sol, removes a branch stuck in a machine used to cut and mulch bushes, small trees and fallen branches as part of the neighborhood’s efforts to reduce dangerous fuels.
Water sources help protect forest homes from wildfire. “We could fill one of the big tanker trucks in about 20 minutes with this well,” said Dustin Crandell, Firewise ambassador for Rancho Mira Sol.
A melted plastic fence testifies to the intense heat of the Black Forest Fire in June.
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