As the dry, beetle-kill pine blew up in the West Fork fires, which have charred more than 110,000 acres, firefighters used helicopters and air tankers to divert the fire from valuable resources and dug a "dozer line" to defend the town of South Fork. In the Rio Grande National Forest, where rugged terrain presents dangerous conditions for ground crews, firefighters have battled the flames judiciously, on their own terms. — sgvbtribune.com
As the West Fork fires rage on in southwestern Colorado, local firefighters have come to understand the dangers involved with fighting fires in areas plagued with beetle-kill trees. Typically, after beetles attack and kill these trees, the dry needles become an ignition source. The real danger...
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