Thinning Brush Reduces Risk to Growing Community

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge - 2003

Refuge fire managers completed four projects to reduce wildfire risk in this fast-growing community, where numerous fast-moving lightning and human-caused fires occur each year. Fire staff used a tracked brush cutter to reduce hazardous brush on 70 forested acres. This treatment, in combination with past thinning, clearing, and fuel breaks, will reduce potential fire behavior, and increase the effectiveness of local engine crews when fires occur.

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