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Controlled burn and worker

The story of fire ecology is one that we have just begun to understand in the last few decades. While we do everything we can to prevent wildfires, we've learned that fires are essential for healthy forests in the Sierra and important for our safety as well. Wildland managers now use carefully planned and controlled prescribed burns to reduce the hazard of wildfire by burning away part of the highly flammable debris on the forest floor. This restores natural conditions within the forest ecology.

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