Prescription for a healthy forest
Story by David Abrams
Western Montana District
The heat-resistant cameras were set up. The helicopters with the helitorches were on standby. The firefighters were suited up and ready to go. All that remained was selecting a favorable window of weather and fuel conditions—not an easy thing to do during this wetter-than-normal summer in the Rocky Mountains. But on June 28, the Missoula Field Office got the right weather window and fire managers converged on the Garnet Mountains east of Missoula for a successful controlled fire treatment.
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