Last Saturday’s Denver Post ran an article about the current Beaver Creek fire along the Colorado-Wyoming border and the fire management decisions being made around its progression.
While the fire has burned for 66 days and consumed over 37,000 acres, it is mainly in wilderness ravaged by beetle-kill.
Explained in the article, the fire is affording incident mangers the ability to learn about how this increasing fuel source in the western states reacts to fire.
It is also providing training opportunities for wildland firefighters and important decision lessons on operation deployments.
I encourage you to give the article a read.
Photo Credit: United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbr/home/?cid=stelprdb5139168 , pulled 29 August 2016.
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