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Young Scientists Measure Wildfire Threat

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At the Bosque sticks and branches on the ground pose a fire risk.

For the folks beating back flames during New Mexico’s dry season, knowing the science behind fire behavior can save lives and property. Members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)are collecting information on fuel loads, which are the amount of wood on a forest floor that could sustain a fire. The hope is that the data will help firefighters predict the direction and intensity of a blaze.

KUNM’s Anna Lande hung out with two YCC crew leaders at the sunburnt Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refugeand sent us this postcard.


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