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Smoke's up

Forest service: prescribed burns improve ecosystem
The three-person crew on this helicopter will drop between 60,000 and 80,000 ignition spheres in three days to burn about 6,000 acres in the Pargin Prescribed Burn.
The plume of smoke from the Pargin Prescribed Burn has been growing since Thursday. Aerial ignition will finish Saturday, and the fire should start dying down on Sunday.
Matt Janowiak, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, shows the progression of the burn from south to north during three days of aerial ignition.
Jared Whitmer and Chris Tipton of the U.S. Forest Service explain the benefits of fire on the ecosystem at the site of the Pargin Prescribed Burn in the HD Mountains.
A Type 3 helicopter for the U.S. Forest Service is igniting 6,000 acres of land this week in the San Juan National Forest between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs.
Chris Tipton of the U.S. Forest Service shows the area of last year's Yellowjacket Prescribed Burn near the Relay Station to La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff.
Jared Whitmer of the U.S. Forest Service displays the plastic spheres that are injected with glycol and dropped to the ground, where the potassium permanganate inside them ignites.
Smoke from the Pargin Prescribed Burn is visible from U.S. Highway 160 and the U.S. Forest Service Relay Station road.
Tatanka Hotshots of South Dakota are on hand to work at the prescribed burn.

Smoke's up

The three-person crew on this helicopter will drop between 60,000 and 80,000 ignition spheres in three days to burn about 6,000 acres in the Pargin Prescribed Burn.
The plume of smoke from the Pargin Prescribed Burn has been growing since Thursday. Aerial ignition will finish Saturday, and the fire should start dying down on Sunday.
Matt Janowiak, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, shows the progression of the burn from south to north during three days of aerial ignition.
Jared Whitmer and Chris Tipton of the U.S. Forest Service explain the benefits of fire on the ecosystem at the site of the Pargin Prescribed Burn in the HD Mountains.
A Type 3 helicopter for the U.S. Forest Service is igniting 6,000 acres of land this week in the San Juan National Forest between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs.
Chris Tipton of the U.S. Forest Service shows the area of last year's Yellowjacket Prescribed Burn near the Relay Station to La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff.
Jared Whitmer of the U.S. Forest Service displays the plastic spheres that are injected with glycol and dropped to the ground, where the potassium permanganate inside them ignites.
Smoke from the Pargin Prescribed Burn is visible from U.S. Highway 160 and the U.S. Forest Service Relay Station road.
Tatanka Hotshots of South Dakota are on hand to work at the prescribed burn.
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